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Building Better Child Care Focus of MU Extension's "Mental Health First Aid" Training in Springfield Starting Sept. 6

August 8, 2014
Contact: Dr. Jim Wirth, human development specialist
Tel: (417) 546-4431

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension is offering a “Mental Health First Aid” series of trainings for child care providers of all types with programs on Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Once the four sessions are completed, the child care provider will become a certified mental health first aider.

All sessions will be presented by University of Missouri Extension and will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

The classes are geared toward childcare providers, day care owners, Head Start and foster parents as well as parents and those interested in youth according to Dr. Jim Wirth, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

"Our Mental Health First Aid program is a 12-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training will help child care providers identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 1 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6. "This session will focus on various mental health disorders impacting youth, warning signs and the risk and protective factors that can impact a youth's mental health and resiliency," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 2 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27. "This session is designed to help attendees apply a five-step action plan to assess the situation then to select and implement appropriate interventions," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 3 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 11. "Participants in this session will learn the symptoms to look for in youth who may be having a mental health crisis. They will also learn useful supports for youth with mental health problems, and how to listen to a youth who is experiencing a crisis," said Wirth.

Mental Health First Aid, Session 4 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 18. "Participants will learn the warning signs of suicide and youth self-injury. Attendance of the program will help providers feel more confident in working with youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis," said Wirth.

A registration fee of $15 will be charged for each workshop regardless of length. To register, contact the Greene County University of Missouri Extension office at (417) 881-8909 or use the registration form that can be found online at


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