Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid ® teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.  This eight hour course teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Four Reasons to become a First Aider

  1. Be prepared.  When a mental health crisis happens, know what to do.
  2. You can help.  People with mental illnesses often suffer alone.
  3. Mental illnesses are common.  One in five adults in any given year.
  4. You care.  Be there for a friend, family member or colleague.

Mental Health First Aid USA flyer (PDF)

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 and half of all mental health problems begin by age 14.  With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than on third of them accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical within school settings.

Studies demonstrate that early detection and treatment of mental health and substance use problems in adolescents can make a difference in not only emotional wellness, but also in their academic success.  Teachers and support staff need the appropriate tools to engage students who might be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis just as they would be trained to address physical health emergencies.

Every day, schools and youth programs across the country are making a difference in the lives of millions of adolescents because they have equipped their staff with skills learned in Youth Mental Health First Aid®

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer (PDF)

Join us for Youth Mental Health First Aid training

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Anyone 18 years  or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12 to 18, teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be offered on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lake Regional Hospital, Conference Rooms A and B, 54 Hospital Drive, Osage Beach.  Cost is $25 and includes materials, light breakfast and lunch.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office, phone 573-346-2644 or email  

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer (PDF)