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Mental Health First Aid (Youth Curriculum)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

The Walter P. Lomax, Jr. Speaker Series Presents “Brain Strain II”

Join DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans as he speaks on the subject “Brain Strain II” at the Franklin Institute.

“Brain Strain II” will help define trauma and how parents can identify if their children are suffering from it; the work that DBHIDS is engaged in around the role that trauma, stress, and exposure to violence has on the behavioral health of our young people; and programs and strategies that have been proven to work

The purpose of this event is to rraise awareness in our community about the physical, mental, and societal impact that trauma plays on how our young people learn, grow, and are socialized, Additionally, a multi-pronged, multi-media examination of the impact of trauma on our young people’s ability to succeed in school and beyond will be investigated, as well as tangible information to parents, caregivers, teachers, and others who care about our young people’s wellbeing

There will be several components of this program that include two 7-10 minute presentations (Dr. Hallam Hurt and Michael O’Bryan) and two 15-20 minute panels: First, a Medical/Behavioral Health Perspective on Trauma (featuring Dr. Evans and Reggie Jones from Bryn Mawr); 2) The Impact of Trauma on Education (Panelists are: Otis Hackney; Pam Grossman, Dean of Penn’s Graduate School of Education; and Rahim Islam, CEO of Universal Charter Schools). This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services