Youth Mental Health

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Youth Mental Health First Aid

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 an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction 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 youth, reviews typical adolescent 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. By equipping adults with the skills needed assist youth experiencing mental illness, Youth Mental Health First Aid seeks to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health support.

Contacts

Esther Rubio

Program Coordinator, School Climate
erubio@monterey.k12.ca.us
Phone: 831.755.0843

Gail Kuehl

Special Projects
gkuehl@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0368

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