This training is presented by The Professional Youth Worker. It's our mission to help you and your team build your skills and boost your passion for serving young people. Join us!

Understanding Mental Health First Aid

Featured Image of People Talking for Understanding Mental Health First Aid Training
  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Mental health challenges have reached an alarming rate. One in five youth between the ages of 13 to 18 have, or will develop, a serious mental illness per the National Institute of Mental Health. The magnitude of this problem demands our urgent attention. Yet the pervasive problem of social stigma and misinformation keep many young people from seeking help. Sadly, there are still too few adults willing to talk openly about mental health. Even having one caring adult who will listen and talk honestly would make a world of difference for a young person.

All adults, but most especially any adult who works with young people, need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. Being able to spot potential problems, you can then be the caring adult to connect with that young person and refer them to helpful resources. Most importantly, just developing your ability to talk openly about mental health, and to listen without judgment, is the easiest way to help right now.

Jade Schleif, YIPA’s training coordinator, sat down for a very informative conversation with Lee Berlinquette, National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid. Lee shares her personal lived experience and deep professional knowledge to raise awareness about the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement. Her passion for helping you understand the importance of caring for youth mental health as well as your own makes this a unique learning experience. Listen in and learn how you can use MHFA concepts in your youth work.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement and its benefits for youth work
  • Be able to distinguish Youth MHFA and Teen MHFA
  • Know how to become trained in and teach MHFA to other youth workers

Your Trainer

Image of Lee Ann Berlinquette for Understanding Mental Health First Aid Training

Lee Ann Berlinquette earned her degree in recreation and worked with varsity and intramural athletics and managed a college residence in Thunder Bay, Canada. Lee moved back to Duluth, Minnesota to continue her education in corrections and social work. She worked closely with law enforcement, probation, juvenile court systems, and social services to coordinate diversion programs specifically around juvenile offenders and truancy. She served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Social Services Association and the Advisory Board for Corrections at Lake Superior College. Lee’s love of training began many years before becoming a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid. She’s trained over 500 youth-serving staff from Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota on topics like FA/CPR, mandated reporting, child passenger safety, and CPI. She continues to develop her own curriculum and contracts with various organizations to provide training.

Your Competency Focus Area

Image

Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: MENTAL HEALTH BASICS.

Build your understanding of prevalent mental health issues among youth today, learn how to connect youth with appropriate mental health resources, and practice good self-care strategies.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

This training will count as 1 CE hour for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.