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Virtual Training on Youth Mental Health

According to data compiled by Mental Health America, youth mental health is worsening. Over 9% of youth, or more than 2.2 million youth, cope with severe major depression, and about 13% of youth ages 12 to 17 report suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center wants to equip educators with the tools necessary to identify and assist young people with mental health issues. Registration is now open for a virtual training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. It will take place April 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The training will focus on common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in transition aged youth ages 12 to 21 including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  

Also discussed will be common signs and symptoms of substance abuse. Tips will be given on how to interact with an adolescent in crisis, and how to connect the adolescent with help.

Participants must sign up before March 30th because there are 1.5 hours of self-paced pre-study required to be completed at least two days prior to the formal training date. For this virtual training, audio and video technology are required, and the class is limited to 20 members. The cost is free and interested educators can register at www.moesc.net/register.