Youth Mental Health First Aid training course held in Park City on Friday, August 24, 2018. CONNECT owes a tremendous amount of thanks to Shannon Decker of the Speedy Foundation and Jessica Bigler of Intermountain Healthcare for facilitating and leading the extremely informative full-day course.ONNECT would like to share some important takeaways from the
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8.5 hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
According to the Summit County Health Department, 25% of Summit County students live with mental health issues every day and the same amount have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months. In Utah, suicide is the leading cause of death for adolescents aged 10-17.
The important takeaways from the August 24, 2018 training include the following:
- CONNECT Mental Health Resource Directory: Check it out for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health resources in Summit County: http://summit.ut.networkofcare.org/mh/
- The intake telephone number to make reports to the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) of Utah is 855.323.3237, if you’d like to save it to your phone.
- A resource for explaining mental health disorders to young people and their caregivers including non-suicidal self-injury, trauma, and other topics, can be found at: http://aware.usu.edu/resources.
- The outstanding Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures, and faith communities. The Project has created booklets on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. These booklets have been designated as “Best Practice” resources for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention:
- English Education Version for All Families: https://connectsummitcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Family-Acceptance-Project-Gay-Lesbian-and-Transgender-Children.pdf
- Spanish Education Version: https://connectsummitcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Spanish-Language-Family-Acceptance-Project-Gay-Lesbian-and-Transgender-Children.pdf
- Faith-Based Family Education for LDS Families: https://connectsummitcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LDS-Family-Acceptance-Project-Gay-Lesbian-and-Transgender-Children.pdf
- The Brene Brown video on empathy can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw.
- Intermountain Healthcare’s Healthy Minds Matter suicide prevention podcast series teaches you how to recognize when a loved one is in crisis and how to get help. In a multi-part series, Healthy Mind Matters Host Maria Shilaos talks with Jessica Strong who is the Community Health Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital and Leah Colburn who is the hospital’s Community Suicide Prevention Manager about how to have difficult conversations about suicide: https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2017/10/new-healthy-mind-matters-radio-show-focuses-on-mental-health/ and here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthy-mind-matters/id1300320805?mt=2
For additional information about this event or the presenters, please email [email protected] Thank you!