CONNECT would like to share some important takeaways from the 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.

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:

For additional information about this event or the presenters, please email [email protected]  Thank you!