Health Department Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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Health Department Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training


Byline: Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center

Waukegan, Ill. -- The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is offering several Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to the public this spring and summer. The full-day workshops provide adults with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and support adolescents who are at risk or displaying warning signs of mental health/substance use problems or experiencing a mental health crisis.

"Young people (ages 15-24) represent 30 percent of mental health emergency room visits and 42 percent of hospital admissions related to suicide and self-injury in Lake County," said Health Department Executive Director, Mark Pfister. "This Youth Mental Health First Aid training helps those on the front lines -- parents, teachers, coaches, medical personnel, and youth group leaders -- learn how to better support our youth."

Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop details:

Dates: May 3, June 21, and July 13, 2018

Time: 8:00-8:30 a.m. registration and refreshments, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. workshop, with a 30-minute lunch break on your own.

Location: Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL.

Cost: $20 per participant.

Advanced registration is required. Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/3980/Training-Opportunities or call Angela Stefani at (847) 377-8961 for more information, or to schedule a private group training for your business or organization.

A 2012 report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that 5 percent of children nationally between the ages of 4-17 had a serious emotional disturbance (SED). …

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