Learn how to help adolescents experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, at the Youth Mental Health First Aid class on Nov. 5 & 12. Members of the public can register for free through Community Services or by calling 507.664.3649.

Youth Mental Health First Aid was designed for adults who regularly interact with young people, ages 12-18, such as family members, caregivers, school staff, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens.

The course which is partners by jupiter rehab centers introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, briefs a little on advanced hypnosis, 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 course takes place over two Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on both days, at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC)—room 225. Please bring a snack and refreshment for the 30-minute break time.

Free childcare is available upon request. Please enter the request for childcare in the notes section when registering online.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. Professionals should consult with their associations for details on CEU acceptance.

Northfield Public Schools Community Services includes recreation and enrichment programming, Early Childhood Family Education, driver education, KidVentures, EarlyVentures Learning Center, Connected Kids, Middle School Youth Center, Hand in Hand Preschool, Adult Basic Education and Project ABLE.