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2023 Calendar of Classes & Registration
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All Mental Health First Aid Classes are free to Santa Barbara County Residents!
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YMHFA Community Class
Thursday, May 18th, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Thursday, June 8th, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Saturday, August 26th, 9:00am to 2:30pm
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Additional classes are being scheduled.
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¡Todas las clases de primeros auxilios para la salud mental son gratuitas para los residentes del condado de Santa Bárbara!
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Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a comprehensive, online training that teaches educators, family members, and caregivers (18+ years old) to approach, assess, and assist a young person with a mental health challenge or substance use concern. YMHFA is an evidence-based curriculum that teaches participants how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms while addressing the role of resilience and the impact of traumatic experiences on adolescent development.
Just as CPR or First Aid helps you assist an individual in a medical crisis by following specific steps, YMHFA helps you assist a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis using specific steps until appropriate help is received or until the crisis is resolved.
REGISTRATION: If you are interested in taking a YMHFA training, please FILL OUT THIS FORM >>
COST: Free to residents of Santa Barbara County [value $140pp]
The course is taught online and consists of two components: (1) a self-paced introduction to YMHFA and a Zoom tutorial that must be completed 3 days completed prior to the online course, and (2) a 5.5-hour online group session lead by certified instructors focuses on teaching the application of skills that will allow adults to become certified Mental Health First Aiders.
Through a SAMHSA grant, Family Service Agency (FSA) and Mental Wellness Center (MWC), and YouthWell are able to provide more community education around mental health as a way to support youth in our community.
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