Improve Your Child's Mental Health

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Children's mental health is a sensitive topic. But it is way too important to ignore.

CenterPoint Human Services manages the delivery of Medicaid and State-funded mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance abuse services through a network of providers.

The group is partnering with the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County to bring a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course to Winston-Salem Thursday, July 31, 2014.

CenterPoint Human Services provided WFMY News 2 with the following statistics regarding the percentage of youth ages 13-18 who have mental health or substance use challenges.

• Anxiety - 31.9%

• Behavior issues - 19.1%

• Mood disorders - 14.3%

• Substance Use - 11.4%

But there is help. Penny Casto and Tracy Warner with CenterPoint Human Services talked about the training course on the Good Morning Show.

The training will help adults learn the risk factors and warning signs of a child in crisis. It will also teach parents, teachers, youth group leaders and others learn how to report a mental health crisis and get the child help.

Both Casto and Warner say the training course will teach you the "ALGEE" system. Knowing these steps, Warner says, can help you save a life.

A - Assess Suicide or Harm

L - Listening without judgement

G - Give reassurance

E - Encourage professional help

E - Encourage self help

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course is an 8-hour class for adults.

CenterPoint Human Services encourages teachers, school staff, coaches, parents, youth group leaders and anyone else who deals with children on a daily basis to attend this training course.

It is Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Goodwill Industries in Winston-Salem.

The training course is $50. You can register for it by clicking here or calling (336) 768-3880.


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