By JAMIE DAVIS
OSU Extension Service
Twenty percent of teenagers ages 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition. Half of all cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 (NAMI).
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This eight‑hour training equips adults with the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
On Friday, November 30, this free training will be held for Lake County community members who work and volunteer with youths ages 12 to 18.
The training will teach the common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Participants also will learn symptoms of substance use, how to interact with an adolescent in crisis, and how to connect the adolescent with help.
The training will be held at the North Lake School Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 30. Lunch will be provided. While there is no cost to attend this training, participants must preregister by Monday, November 26.
For additional information or to register, please contact the OSU Extension Office at (541) 947-6054 or email me.