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Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Spring 2023

2023fri24mar9:00 amfri4:30 pmYouth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Spring 2023IN-PERSON EVENT | EVENT COMPLETE

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According to Mayo Clinic, in the fall of 2021, 44% of college students reported having symptoms of depression and anxiety, and suicide was the third-leading cause of death for college students. Half of students reported feeling overwhelmingly anxious in the past year.

Young adult mental health was in jeopardy before the pandemic, and the stress of illness, grief, and the loss of “normal” have served to exacerbate these mental health challenges even further. A Best Colleges survey reports over 90% of college students have experienced negative mental health symptoms due to the pandemic.

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) invites you to join us for an in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid certification training on Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Miami Township Library (2718 Lyons Rd., Dayton).

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 young people 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 young adults, reviews typical 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 AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Participants in this training will receive 8 contact hours, in addition to YMHFA certification from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. All registrants will be expected to complete pre- and post-course quizzes and a course evaluation to receive their certification.

*NOTE: Due to National Council for Mental Wellbeing requirements for certification, all training registrations must be submitted NO LATER than Thursday, Feb. 23. This deadline cannot be extended.

When: Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Includes a working lunch)

Where: Community Room at Miami Township Library (2718 Lyons Rd., Dayton)


  • Personnel from SOCHE member schools: $25 admin/catering fee per person
  • Personnel from NON-member schools/organizations: $35 admin/catering fee per person

Questions? Contact Mindy Claggett at SOCHE

Registration Cancellation Policy

Registration closes on Thursday, Feb. 23, or when the event is full, whichever occurs first.

About the Presenter

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Patricia “Pat” Clark
Ed-Vantage Consulting
B.A. Psychology/Education | M.A. Guidance & Counseling | M.A. Educational Leadership

Pat Clark retired from public education having served students as a high school counselor. Not content with “retiring” Pat went on serve as a prevention specialist for the Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County’s Violence Free Coalition. Pat then went on to do grant work for the Warren County Educational Service Center conducting trainings in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and trauma. Pat opened her own consulting business, Ed-Vantage Consulting, to continue her passion of educating individuals around mental health issues.   Pat is passionate about her work with youth and remains active as a member of the Violence Free Coalition of Warren County, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Warren County, and Warren County Connects. Pat has taught YMHFA for the past 8 years and MHFA for two years. In her spare time, she loves walking her dogs and playing golf.


March 24, 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm(GMT-04:00)


Miami Township Library

2718 Lyons Rd.

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SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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