Suicide is the leading cause of death for teens in Utah. CONNECT Summit County is giving people the tools to help on Friday, Sept. 20 in a groundbreaking eight-hour training course.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training gives parents, teachers and anyone who lives with and/or works with youth the tools to identify the difference between normal adolescent development and more serious challenges due to mental health conditions or addictions. Simple processes for effective interventions are provided. Topics include typical adolescent development along with anxiety, depression, substance use and other psychiatric disorders.

When:  Friday, September 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Blair Education Center, Park City Hospital, 900 Round Valley Drive

Cost: Free. Lunch is included.

Participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying an easy-to-remember five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 1 million people are certified Mental Health First Aiders, and that number is growing every day.

RSVP to Wendy O’Leary [email protected] with your first name, last name, email address and phone number. Contact Wendy at 435.776.HELP (4357) for additional information.

If you are unable to attend, NAMI Utah is offering an additional Youth Mental Health First Aid course for $45 on Oct. 11 at Utah Olympic Park. 

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