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Youth Mental Health First Aid Oct. 15 in Platte County

A free Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be offered in Platte County Oct. 15.

The course is an 8-hour training that teaches participants how to provide initial help to young people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders. This program is designed for adults who interact with youth ages 12-18. The information presented will help you:

• Learn basic signs and symptoms of the most common mental health disorders among youth

• Recognize potential warning signs exhibited by youth with mental health issues

• Be prepared to react appropriately when a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis

• Understand how to connect youth to the help they need in our community

• Reduce the level of stigma often associated with mental health disorders

The course is free but RSVP is required. Participants must attend the training in its entirety.

The event will be held from 8 am-S pm at the Platte County Health Department, 201 East Street, Parkville, MO 64152. Lunch is concluded.


Nationally, this course is valued at $170, but because of generous sponsorship by Missouri's Department of Mental Health you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

This training is excellent for anyone who has direct contact with youth. Training is basic and is not designed to provide new information for trained clinicians (counselors, therapists, social workers). Coaches, faith communities, parents, police officers and other emergency responders, scout/youth leaders, family living providers, school employees, human resource professionals and friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction will greatly benefit.

To register for this training, contact Maggie Zimmermann, Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist, 816-877-0496 or

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