Members of Peninsula Temple Sholom Become Mental Health First Aiders

Adult members of Peninsula Temple Sholom (PTS) eagerly arrived to our 2-day Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training. A total of 16 participants, most of which were parents, were trained to recognize the warning signs and risk factors indicating when a youth is suffering from a mental health issue. Participants were very grateful for the training and thanked facilitators, Mike and Karin, for such an informative two days. Due to the great turn out and interest of the participants, the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE), plans to bring another YMHFA for the Peninsula Temple Sholom teachers in the near future.

1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge in their lifetime. YMHFA is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult or student peer working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. In 2013, San Mateo County BHRS partnered with the County Office of Education to begin offering this training to all schools throughout the county. Classroom teachers, school site administrators, school office personnel, coaches, bus drivers, afterschool providers, parents, teacher’s aides, school health aides, yard duty staff, crossing guards, peers and other school personnel are strongly encouraged to become Youth Mental Health First Aiders.

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For more information about YMHFA, visit http://smchealth.org/bhrs/ode/CommunityEd#YMHFA or contact Natalie Andrade at nandrade@smcgov.org or 650-372-8548