On December 12 and 13, 25 parents from Gonzales Unified School District schools participated in a free 8-hour training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. Participants learned about typical mental health challenges for youth, the common mental health challenges for youth, and a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered included anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, eating disorders and disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD). Those who successfully completed the 8-hour training received a youth mental health first aid manual and a certificate of completion.
Gonzales Adult School and the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department will be holding another two-day training that will be presented in English on Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5-9PM. This is a free training for Monterey County residents and held at the Gonzales USD Parent Resource Center (401 4th St., Portable C). Interested parties should reserve their space no later than February 3 by contacting Odisea Hernandez at 831-675-1081 X 2649 or via email at email@example.com.