Friday, October 18, 2013

New program trains participants to help kids dealing with mental health crises

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Wyandot Center and PACES are introducing a new national curriculum to help adults work with youth who are experiencing mental health crises or challenges.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum will be taught during two sessions, Monday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov.  5, 8 a.m. to noon each day.  Training will occur at Wyandot Center, 1301 North 47th Street, Kansas City, Kan. Registration fee is $40 per participant and includes a helpful manual.

Beth Yoder Stein, administrative assistant and instructor, Wyandot Center, says that the course is designed for adults, like teachers, who work with or interact with youth, 12 to 18 years old. Participants will learn about depression, psychosis, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan:

• Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
• Listen non-judgmentally.
• Give reassurance and information.
• Encourage appropriate professional help.
• Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Register by emailing Yoder Stein at, or contact her for more information at 913-328-4633.

Wyandot Center is Wyandotte County’s designated community mental health center serving adults; PACES provides services for children and adolescents facing behavioral and emotional challenges, and their families.