Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
- Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Montgomery County Business Solutions Center (1435 Cincinnati St., Suite 300, Dayton)
About the Training
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, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center.
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 Monday, Sept. 26. This deadline cannot be extended.
About the Instructor
Patricia “Pat” Clark
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.
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- Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Includes a working lunch
- Registration closes on Monday, Sept. 26*
Montgomery County Business Solutions Center
1435 Cincinnati St., Suite 300, Dayton
$25 admin/catering fee – SOCHE members
$35 admin/catering fee – nonmembers