Jan 25, 2021

Mental Health First Aid Training

Trainers are available through Grant Wood AEA to provide virtual or blended mental health first aid training in your school. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

This course introduces common mental health challenges for children and youth, reviews typical development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help students in both crisis and non- crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disruptive behavior disorders, eating disorders, and disorders in which psychosis may occur. This training can be offered for up to 20 participants in two hours of online learning, followed by 4.5 hours of Zoom or in person activities. There is no training cost for school employees to participate. Non-school based participants will be charged $50 to cover materials.

WHAT WE KNOW:
1. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth
nationally and in Iowa. (IDPH, 2018)
2. One in 13 high school students attempt suicide. (Sher, 2019)
3. Past pandemics are associated with increases in depression,
anxiety, and suicide. (Sher, 2019)
4. Studies indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with
distress, anxiety, fear of contagion, depression and insomnia. (Sher, 2020)

Upcoming virtual trainings are open to anyone. The training is at no cost to educators within GWAEA.

If you are an educator and would like to set up a specific training for your school or if you have any questions, please contact Sherry Sines. Sherry can arrange trainers to work directly with your building staff.