In the most recent survey, approximately 37,000 adult Montanans (4.9% of all adults) per year had a serious mental illness. That percentage is similar to the national percentage. Montana’s percentage of mental health treatment of adults with any mental health illness was higher than the national percentage. Approximately 75,00 adult Montanans received mental health treatment or counseling.
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Youth Dynamics in Big Sky, Montana will be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid session on August 11, 2016. For more information, visit the webpage!
For resources on starting a Mental Health First Program in your community click here