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Adults invited to Youth Mental Health First Aid classes

Parents, school staff, youth leaders, coaches, and others who work with youth are invited to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid, a class offered by USD 457 and LiveWell Finney County designed to help adults talk through mental health challenges with children and youth.

The first class is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4, and the second class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The classes will be held in Room 109 at GC Achieve at JD Adams Hall, 1312 N. Seventh St. There will be a break for lunch during the session, which will be on your own. 

Credit will be available through PowerLearning for school district employees. Space is limited. Sign up will be first come, first served. Class participants must be 18 years old. Two hours of online work is required before taking the course.

Just like a CPR/First Aid course provides laypeople a plan for helping people during accidents and emergencies, Youth Mental Health First Aid provides a framework and action plan to support children and youth and get them connected to outside help if the crisis is immediate.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

As you are reading this, there may be some young people you are thinking about who are struggling with some things right now, maybe children and adolescents you know in your home, school and/or from the community. 

According to a 2020-21 Kansas Communities that Care survey of Garden City students: 

  • 2 in 10 male students surveyed in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 said they felt so sad or hopeless every day for at least two weeks that they had stopped doing usual activities. For female students in Garden City, it was 4 in 10.
  • 2 in 10 female students and 1 in 10 male students surveyed in Garden City had thoughts about killing themselves in the past year.

For questions or to sign up, email Diane Elliott at delliott@gckschools.com or call 620-805-8625.