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 bit.ly/TRREJan2018 or call the UNH Cooperative Extension office in Lancaster at (603) 788-4961.