Youth Mental Health First Aid certification gives adults who work with young people the tools to recognize these problems early and help youth who are in crisis.

Youth in their early teens and early twenties are at higher risk from mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders than any other age group.

Youth Mental Health First Aid certification gives adults who work with young people the tools to recognize these problems early and help youth who are in crisis.

Prairie View is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Pine Street Health Services, 215 S. Pine St., in Newton.

Cost of the course is $60 per person, which includes course materials.

Participants who complete the eight-hour training will be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Space is limited, so online pre-registration is highly recommended. Visit www.prairieview. org to register online.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for teachers, coaches, parents, college staff, law enforcement, EMS personnel, social workers, clergy, Sunday school teachers and anyone else who regularly interacts with young people from preteens to college students.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five step action plan to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Brad Schmidt, director of adult residential services at Prairie View, and Chris Zuercher, director of vocational services at Prairie View, will facilitate this course.

One of the great benefits of Youth Mental Health First Aid is that it greatly improves chances of early intervention for those who need help.

“Early intervention is critical to positive outcomes for youth experiencing these issues,” Schmidt said. “Youth Mental Health First Aid can provide anyone the skills necessary to make a difference is a young person’s life. It is practical, understandable and effective.”

Mental Health First Aid originated in Australia and today is being taught in 19 countries. Since its U.S. launch, the program has certified 3,000 instructors who have trained more than 100,000 people in all 50 states.

To learn more about Prairie View or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, phone 1-800-992-6292.

For more information, visit www.prairieview.org.