Starting later this month, Clackamas County Behavioral Health, in collaboration with FolkTime, will offer free Mental Health First Aid classes designed to give youth resources to identify and address mental illness in their peers.

Dubbed the Be the ONE Campaign, this initiative aims to build healthy communities and nurturing environments in Clackamas County middle and high schools by training 500 local teachers and youth service providers in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

County school districts and the Centerstone Clinic will launch the campaign from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Ainsworth House, 19130 S. Lot Whitcomb Drive, Oregon City. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an interactive, eight-hour training session that introduces participants to the warning signs of mental health problems in young people. The course teaches about risk factors for depression, anxiety, trauma, eating and substance-abuse disorders. The program offers a five-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.

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