Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack—even if you have no clinical training—Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other caring citizens who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18) how to help in both mental health crisis and non-crisis situations. The course introduces the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for helping youth.
Texana Center currently has a grant to provide MHFA to school staff at all Independent School Districts in our six county area as well as colleges and universities.