FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 11/18/18

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    Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. The median age for the onset of symptoms of anxiety issues is 11. More than 60% of youths experiencing depression are not receiving treatment.


    Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based 8 hour training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, coaches, mentors, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to recognize and help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

    Many mental health issues first arise in the teen years, and if teens have adults in their life who they trust, and who are able to talk to them about what is going on in their lives, they are better able to cope with what is going on.

    This training teaches how to recognize signs that a youth is having difficulties, how to listen and communicate in a supportive fashion, and how to get emergency help if there are signs of crisis.

    This class is a $170 value that is being offered for free. It is being hosted by CrossFit Hinge and manuals are being provided by King County Behavioral Health. I’m the instructor. I’ve been a West Seattle resident for more than 3 decades. The training will be happening in the SoDo neighborhood. It starts at 8:30, and you must attend the entire 8 hours. Participants need to be age 18 or older.

    If you are interested, email me at with questions or to get signed up.

    Donna Dykstra

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