In October, I became Mental Health First Aid certified. I cannot speak highly enough on this training, it will change they way you look at Mental Health. This training was a 8 hour course on a Saturday. I recieved the manual in the above picture which I hope to dive into more this Summer. There is a lot I still need to learn! The training was targeted to youth but I also feel like it could be applicable to all children. We spent the first few hours discussing different types of Mental Health and the symptoms. This is useful in deciding what problem you might be facing. I am not trained enough to diagnose someone, but I someone was having a Mental Health crisis I can recognize the signs and respond in an appropriate way. After understnading Mental Health a little better, we became familiar with the steps to helping someone in a crisis. The part I found the most difficult was having to ask another person "Do you have a plan to kill yourself?" That's a hard sentence to say out loud but the trainers made it clear that you should not feel scared to ask that question. This training was very emotional. It's had to talk about suicide and Mental Health in youth. First Aid is one of those things that you never want to use but if there's a situation you'll be glad you know what to do!