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RACSB offering youth mental health first aid training

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) is pleased to now provide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to local organizations and members of the public.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training course designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Participants will be better able to help an adolescent (age 12 – 18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. The training is appropriate for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, and coaches.

RACSB Executive Director Ron Branscome said, “The community response to the adult Mental Health First Aid training, which RACSB began providing earlier this year, has been wonderful. We’re glad to add the youth curriculum that will benefit education professionals, family members, and others who interact with adolescents. Through the training, participants will be able to help connect the adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge with local resources like counseling or support groups.”

The course utilizes role-playing and simulations to help participants gain skills to offer initial assistance in a mental health crisis and learn how to effectively connect adolescents to appropriate community resources.

Participants will learn the common mental health challenges for youth, typical adolescent development, and a five-step action plan for how to help young people both in 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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices includes Mental Health First Aid training.

The eight-hour training will be provided over two days. There is a registration fee of $25, which includes a workbook and lunch the first day of the training. Trainings are limited to 20 participants and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Trainings will be held on the following dates (times and locations may vary): June 26 – 27; July 24 – 25; Aug. 14 – 15; Sept. 11 – 12; Oct. 9 – 10; and Nov. 6 – 7.

To register for the training, please contact Jennifer Bateman, Prevention Specialist, at (540) 374-3337 or Visit for additional information and a training flyer.