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Youth Mental Health First Aid

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help children who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

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Volusia County Schools has been working hard to implement youth suicide awareness and prevention training for Volusia County staff per s. 1012.583, F.S., and Rule 6A-4.0010, F.A.C.. Kognito simulations are supplemented for those staff who have yet to complete the Youth Mental Health course.

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Disclaimer: Youth Mental Health First Aid and Kognito are department-approved youth suicide awareness and prevention trainings for K-12 instructional personnel per s. 1012.583, F.S., and Rule 6A-4.0010, F.A.C.