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Hamilton Center to hold youth mental health training on Friday

By Times Staff

Hamilton Center will hold a Youth Mental Health First Aid Program at Sullivan County Community Hospital on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Certified instructors will train members of the public involved with youth to improve mental health literacy — helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, a press release notes. Seats are available for up to 30 registrants including community youth workers, agency youth workers, teachers, coaches, emergency responders, pastors/youth pastors, parents and anyone who works with the youth population.
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the United States,” Hamilton Center Program Coordinator of Youth Mental Health First Aid Janet Rose said. “Indiana ranks number 10. Our youth population is counting on us to bring light to these issues.
“Community members are invited to attend trainings to increase the ability to begin addressing issues and provide knowledge or resources for youth in crisis.”
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training certification course, which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the individual, the release states. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.
Evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental health disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to the youth population, it adds.
Those completing the training will be certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders for three years, according to the release. Recertification can be obtained by attending another workshop. Completion of training may count as eight hours towards professional growth points.
“YMHFA training is an excellent training that meets the House Enrolled Act 1430 requirement pertaining to school staff being trained in suicide awareness once every three years,” the release notes.
Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use are common in the United States, with a prevalence estimated at 22 percent annually for those ages 13 to 18, according to the release.
“The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis,” the release states. “Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.”
The training will take place at the SCCH Financial Services Center, 2110 N. Hospital Blvd., Suite 1. For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid, visit
For more information on this or future trainings, contact Rose at (812) 231-8129 or email to request a workshop at  a school, church, agency, foundation or community organization.

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