Town of Clinton Trains over 100 in Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder.
Clinton Youth & Family Services saw the need and started this initiative in February of 2015 with the assistance and support of our community partners,–St. Mary’s Church funded and hosted a training; Partners in Community (PiC); Clinton Public Schools (CPS); and Middlesex United Way all helped fund trainings.
Clinton Youth & Family Services with several key community partners have had five trainings to date which includes the following sectors: clergy, youth group leaders, Boy Scout/Girl Scout leaders, teachers, nurses , librarians, first responders (Fire and Police), parents and youth, coaches, Social Services and representatives from the Hispanic community. Nineteen high school students have been trained so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction.
Cross section of the community.
Fortunate Clinton—what makes this town special—the spirit of Clinton shines– the interest and commitment across the sectors to make a difference. Unintended outcome Community bonding
Other people in addition have been trained
Our goal was to seek out folks who have regular contact with our youth to intervene as early as possible and help connect our youth with the appropriate resources.
For more information, contact Youth & Family Services at 860-669-1103