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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenge or crisis in youth (ages 12-18), builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.  Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to adapt the Australian youth manual for US audiences. Mental Health First Aid USA is grateful for the support from the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services in the development of the youth manual.

​​​WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

​WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
The course is designed for adults whom regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth – teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals – may find the course content useful. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

For more information please visit: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org


Johnny’s Ambassadors

Johnny Stack was born on February 7, 2000 and died by suicide on November 20, 2019 at the age of 19. He was an incredibly intelligent, funny, charming, handsome young man. His family live in Colorado, which was the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, when Johnny was 14 years old.

Three days before he passed, he came over to his parents’ home for dinner. He lived in our condo a couple miles down the street and would often pop in for a home-cooked meal. “I need to tell you that you were right,” he says to his mom Laura. “Right about what?” she asked. “Right about the marijuana. You told me weed would hurt my brain, and it’s ruined my mind and my life. You were right all along. I’m sorry, and I love you.” He died by suicide three days later.

Johnny dabbed for years, starting at age 14 or 15. Johnny’s Ambassadors are united in our missions to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind. Research shows today’s high-potency marijuana causes mental health issues and subsequent suicide in our youth, and Ambassadors are determined to advocate against it.

Johnny’s Ambassadors is excited to offer expert education for parents on youth substance abuse, mental health, and suicide prevention. These webinars are FREE for participants, due to the kind donations from our supporters. Pls consider supporting this valiant effort, led by Johnny’s mom Laura Stack, to save our kids and young adults from the dangers of drugs.


Mental Health America of Greater Dallas

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas has helped our community improve mental health through advocacy, community education and resources for both adolescents and adults. MHA of Greater Dallas Hosts different peer-led support groups, currently online due to Covid restrictions. Groups include one for Mothers & Babies, Taking Care of You (skill-building), and Depression & Anxiety Support.

HTTP://WWW.MHADallas.org


QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. They believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world.

Individual and Organizational Training are available. They also offer advanced suicide prevention training for professional including clergy, first responders, coaches and school administrators.

St. Jude CAAM (Catholic Alcohol & Addiction Ministry)

Although the St. Jude CAAM (Catholic Alcohol and Addiction Ministry) can‘t meet in-person, a regular 12-step online weekly ZOOM meeting is held every Saturday at 9:15 am. Attendees represent those who have the addictive disease as well as those affected by others who suffer from the disease.  This is an “open” meeting (meaning anyone can attend – one does not have to be Catholic to attend ). While meetings are conducted similar to the AA traditions, CAAM and its members are not affiliated with AA, NA, or addiction-specific organization.  Their purpose is to guide those who suffer from alcoholism or addiction, and their family and friends, toward recovery – spiritual and emotional. Please send an email (see below) for meeting information and link. Attendance and phone calls related to this group are held in the highest confidence and discretion.

Hope Squad

The group’s mission is to reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. The Hope Squad program was built by educators in partnership with mental health experts. The evidence-based training changes how schools approach mental health and suicide prevention. 

Hope Squad members are trained to take action when someone is struggling. Instead of waiting for a peer to come to them, Hope Squad members are the ones to reach out first.  Members are trained to be aware of their peers and watch for warning signs. They learn to show empathy to their peers, listen without judgment, and reduce stigma regarding help-seeking and mental illness. Hope Squads in schools have shown to be successful in reaching out to students who feel marginalized or who may be suffering.

Hope Squad partners with QPR Institute, the nationally recognized suicide gatekeeper program.

Aim For Success

Aim for Success is a non-profit youth health education organization based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1993 by Marilyn Morris, Aim for Success helps young people make healthy choices that will give them freedom to reach their dreams and their goals. Our professional speakers give live, interactive presentations to schools, youth organizations and churches. 

As teachers, administrators, and parents, you know from experience that success in life requires making the right choices when faced with difficult and confusing decisions.
Aim for Success addresses the problems of teen pregnancies, bullying, drugs and alcohol, and Technology, Sexting, Pornography, & Healthy Relationships.

Aim for Success is a division of Just Say Yes, which has a mission to create life-changing connections with students of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances in order to help them achieve better and brighter futures. They provide social-emotional learning opportunities via three-types of programming: high-impact student assemblies, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and adult influence education. Their mantra is “A connected student is a protected student.”®

Survivors of Suicide – SOS

The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas offers a program for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. All services are free to the community and groups are designed for recent survivors (two years or less). The groups are structured, so no drop-ins. Call for information and schedules, as well as locations. The 8-week group is followed by ongoing support via Next Step, also through the SCC-NTx.

GriefShare

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. There’s one meeting near you!

  • Griefshare (griefshare.org)
  • PO Box 1739, Wake Forest, NC 27588-1739
  • 800–395-5755 (US & Canada)

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