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#BeTheDifference This Back-to-School Season

As a trained Mental Health First Aider, you know that mental illness and substance use disorders are prevalent. And that's true for young people, too: one in five youth aged 13-18 will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That means that in a classroom of 25 students, five will have a mental illness. 

To address mental health and substance use in school settings, our #BeTheDifference focus this month is Back-to-School: Why Mental Health Matters at School.

Here are 5 ways you can #BeTheDifference this back-to-school season:

1. Join a conversation. On Thursday, July 16 from 2-3 p.m. ET, we’re hosting a #BeTheDifference Twitter chat, Mental Health in Schools: Your Back-to-School Toolkit. To join the chat, follow @MHFirstAidUSAand use the hashtag #BeTheDifference in your responses.
2. Share information. We've created a series of youth- and school-related infographics to share on social media over the course of the month. Check them out and share them to inform your networks, too!

3. Keep an eye out. TEASER ALERT: we’re working on a powerful new video on why Youth Mental Health First Aid is so important. Look for more information on that in the coming weeks, and keep your eye out for the hashtag, #SaidNoTeenEver.
4. Read up. Our #BeTheDifference blog will be filled with stories about youth mental health, like this one: 5 Signs Your Teen May Be Asking for Help. Check the blog frequently for new stories, and remember to share them with your social networks. Do you have a story about providing support to a young person in need? Email EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org for a chance to be featured on the blog this month!
5. Get trained. If you’re already trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid – awesome! If not, look for a course in your area and equip yourself with the tools necessary to recognize and respond to a young person facing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aiders like you are making a difference in communities across the country every day. Thank you for continuing to #BeTheDifference in yours.
The Mental Health First Aid USA Team
The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the United States. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit 

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            What YOU Can Do for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month. This year, Mental Health First Aid USA is taking the opportunity to spread information on social media about how mental illness and addiction affect some key populations — and what we ALL can do to help. Because anyone, anywhere can be the difference for someone facing a mental health or substance use challenge.




Mental Health First Aid National Council For Behavioral Health

Today, we are launching the Be the Difference campaign to encourage people to learn the skills to help people experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge with Mental Health First Aid.

You know better than anyone that the difference between life and death or crisis and recovery can be a neighbor, faith leader, teacher or teammate who understands how to recognize and respond to someone in need. With training in Mental Health First Aid, you can be the one to make a difference.
The Mental Health First Aid movement is 1,000,000 strong and growing every day.
Join the movement.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA. To date, more than 700,000 individuals have been trained by more than 10,000 instructors. In 2014, the National Council merged with the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS). To learn more about the National Council, visit www.thenationalcouncil.org.

About this Course

This is the online Re-Certification course for individuals who took the in-person Adult Mental Health First Aid course three or more years ago. This course is designed to reintroduce you to mental and behavioral health, provide an update on the latest research and refresh your Mental Health First Aid skills using the ALGEE Action Plan.

This course will help you:

•  Understand different mental illnesses and addictions
Recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health and        addiction concerns
•  Revisit and recall ALGEE fundamentals:

•  Assess for risk of suicide or harm
•  Listen nonjudgmentally
•  Give reassurance and information
•  Encourage appropriate professional help
•  Encourage self-help and other support strategies

•  Apply the ALGEE Action Plan when providing aid to a person experiencing a mental health or substance use problem


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