Published on April 22nd, 2022 | by University Communications


Ocala center to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid course May 7

Do you know someone who works with youths—a teacher, caregiver, or pastoral staff member? Saint Leo’s Human Services and Social Work Departments are sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course in May.

Youth Mental Health First Aid will be offered 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at the Ocala Education Center, 1930 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala, FL. It is open to the public and the cost is $20 for registration and manuals. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch to the MHFA-Youth class.

MHFA-Youth is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18), who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

The training, by certified instructors, will cover common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), common signs of substance abuse, how to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis, and how to connect the person with help.

Register here.

For more information, call (352) 671-3391. For special accommodations or more information, contact

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