Sometimes the Best First Aid is You


GORHAM — University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Youth & Family Field Specialists Thom Linehan, Ed.D., and Gail Kennedy, MSW, are presenting a free Youth Mental Health Training program at the North Country Education Services offices on Gorham Hill Road in Gorham.

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student or neighbor — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.

Youth Mental Health First Aid, a National Council for Behavioral Health program, teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or are in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the eight-hour course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18.

The training program will occur on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the North Country Education Services office in Gorham. (The snow date will be Feb. 15). Although it is free, preregistration is required by Jan. 22. Go to or call the UNH Cooperative Extension office in Lancaster at (603) 788-4961.