Mid Atlantic Camp Conference - Pre-Conference Opportunities


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Monday, January 13, 2020

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Instructors: Jean McClellan-Holt - Old Dominion University & Philip Couling - Nature Camp

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Topics covered includes depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.