Employee course to focus on mental health first aid for youths

First aid can be used to address more than just physical illness.

A free certification program focused on first aid for mental health is being offered to Brock faculty and staff.

The two-day Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth course takes place Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Welch Hall 204.  Participants will learn how to identify symptoms of common health problems and practise the five basic actions of mental health first aid.

The program builds on participants’ existing skills to increase comfort and confidence in working with students and youth aged 12 to 24 experiencing mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, psychosis or eating and substance-related disorders. Crisis situations will also be examined including suicidal behaviour, panic attacks and acute stress reactions to traumatic events.

The course is limited to 30 employees. It’s mandatory for participants to be present for both sessions in order to receive certification.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register on Brock’s Focus on Learning website. A wait list will be created once seats are filled.

For more information on the certification program, email Brock facilitators Sandy Howe or Julie Fennell.

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