Youth Mental Health First Aid training

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care.

This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, child care providers, etc.).  The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18. 

By attending this training you will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling.  Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis. 

The Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 929 Highway D in Osage Beach.  There is a $40 charge for the class, which includes lunch and a manual for each participant.  Prepayment and registration is required.  The registration deadline is Friday, June 5, 2015.

Each participant who completes the class will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.  Child care providers will receive eight clock hours for attending. 

For more information, contact Sarah Traub, Human Development and Family Studies Specialist, 660-882-5661 or or Dr. Rebecca Travnichek, Family Financial Specialist, 573-346-2644 or To register, call the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Center at 573-346-2644, 44 Roofener Street, P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020 or by email at

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer and registration form (PDF)

Cooking Matters® at the Store

Cooking Matters® at the Store is a guided grocery store tour to help families buy healthy, affordable foods on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Save A Lot in Camdenton.  If you want to save money at the store, buy good for you foods and need some tasty and healthy recipes, come join a free Cooking Matters® at the Store guided grocery tour.  You will be able to practice skills like:  buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices to find bargains, reading and comparing food labels, identifying hole and sticking to your budget.  After the tour you will receive a free $10 grocery gift card for healthy foods, a free workbook full of tasty recipes and simple tips on buying healthy, lost -cost foods and a free reusable grocery bag.  

The tour is free but registration is required.  Please meet inside the front entrance of Save A Lot.  To register contact the Camden County MU Extension office by calling 573-346-2644 or by email

Cooking Matters® at the Store flyer (PDF)

Soil testing

Don't guess.  Soil tests save time and money.  Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.  Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

"We frequently get questions from customers like, 'I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?" Nathan said.

"Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements," she said. "They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)