It’s safe to bet that every Unitarian Universalist congregation has at least one youth who will experience a mental health challenge as statistically, one in five youth in the US will experience a mental health disorder this year.
As a faith organization we focus on building resilience in our young people. Most if not all of us, adults and youth, have experienced acute traumatic stress during the Covid-19 pandemic. We don’t know the future outcomes of coming of age in a pandemic. But we do know that early intervention for mental health challenges reduces the likelihood that acute stress will turn into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That is why Youth Mental Health First Aid is critical right now.
Created by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Youth Mental Health First Aid training teaches adults supporting youth how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and crises and offers practice applying appropriate steps to getting youth the help they need.
The training consists of about two and a half hours of self paced content accessible through a learning management system and a six hour, instructor-led group learning session on zoom. Upon completion of the course you will receive a Mental Health First Aider certificate and access to a community forum with other Unitarian Universalist mental health first aiders.
The course, instruction and accompanying manual cost $80 per person. Trainings are offered once a month. Please register for an upcoming training below.