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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course
September 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a training program designed to teach adults how to support an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addictions challenges, or who is in crisis. This six-hour training course will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. You’ll learn skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
This FREE program is open to Mercer Island residents and educators who support Mercer Island students, thanks to a partnership with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative. Registration is limited to 15 participants and closes on August 27. If you have questions, please contact Jessi Wasson.
How does the training work?
There are two parts to this training: a self-guided portion and a live Zoom session. The self-guided portion must be completed before the Zoom training session. Limit: 15 participants.
Who can attend?
This course is open to anyone 18+ who regularly interacts with youth ages 12-18. Due to the partnership with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative, this free training is available to Mercer Island residents and educators who support Mercer Island students.
What will the course cover?
This free, virtual training gives attendees the skills to provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing mental health or substance challenges, or who are in crisis. Participants will have the opportunity to decrease stigma around mental illness and substance use, increase mental health literacy when working with young people, and serve as a vital link between youth and appropriate professional help. During this course, you will gain knowledge about signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that your youth may be experiencing and receive an action plan for how to best support them.
About the Instructor: Shaida Hossein is the Behavioral Health Education and Training Manager at Jewish Family Service. She is on the Counseling team and she leads project implementation for the Teen and Young Adult Initiative and clinical education (designing and facilitating community mental health training, workshops, and events). Shaida Hossein worked for Give an Hour from 2015-2019 for the Community Collaborative project in Tacoma with UnitedHealth Foundation, and later, for a University of Phoenix partnership. She served two years on the Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle affiliate. In 2016, she became a Mental Health First Aid trainer for the adult curriculum and the Veterans and Families module, and in 2018 became a trainer for the youth curriculum and the Higher Education module. Since 2016, Shaida has trained over 2,000 MHFAiders. In 2018, Shaida was named a Top 20 National MHFA Trainer, and in 2020, a Top 2 MHFA Instructor in Washington state. Shaida is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer, and Suicide Alertness For Everyone (safeTALK) instructor. Shaida received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and obtained her clinical doctorate with a concentration in mental health and neuro-rehabilitation from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. Shaida completed clinicals at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston; Utah State Hospital, Provo; and VA Puget Sound, Seattle.
This program is presented in partnership with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative and Jewish Family Service.