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Be the ONE - An opportunity to learn Youth Mental Health First Aid

Every day people, including our youth, face mental health crises. It only takes one person to make a difference in the life of someone who may be struggling. To help fight the stigma of mental illness and create awareness, Clackamas County teachers, staff, service providers and parents will be provided a free training in Youth Mental Health First Aid to give them resources aimed at identifying and addressing mental illness in young adults.

The Be the ONE Campaign aims to build healthy communities and nurturing environments in middle and high schools in Clackamas County. It's an initiative to train – free of charge –500 Clackamas County teachers and youth service providers in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services Behavioral Health Division and FolkTime, in collaboration with Trillium Family Services, county school districts, and the Centerstone Clinic, will be launching the Be the ONE Campaign Aug. 27, 2014. The kick-off event will be held at the Ainsworth House, located at 19130 S. Lot Whitcomb Dr. in Oregon City, from 5- 7 p.m. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an interactive, 8-hour training that introduces participants to the unique factors and warning signs of mental health problems in young people. The course teaches about the potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety, trauma, eating, and substance use disorders. The program offers a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care and provides resources to help someone with a mental health problem.

Mental Health First Aid has been proven to reduce the stigma connected to mental illnesses, reducing the damaging effects like school dropouts, relationship issues, and drug and alcohol addiction, while increasing awareness about living with mental illness.

For more information, contact Chris Gallegos, Community Relations Specialist, at 503-655-8752 or via email at cgallegos@clackamas.us.

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