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Early intervention is key for mental health.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness one in five young people ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness in their life, and half of all lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 14. Unaddressed mental health concerns in young people can affect every aspect of their lives—from relationships to performance in school.  In order to help the adults recognize issues and how to support a young person, United Counseling Service will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on March 27th and 28th from 12:30 to 4:30 at 100 Ledge Hill Drive, in Bennington.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-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.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Amie Niles at or call 802-445-7443. There is no charge for this course however, space is limited.  If you are interested in scheduling a free training for your agency or organization please contact us. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training has been generously funded in memory of Gregory Hillman.

UCS serves children, adults, families and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education and clinical support. Visit to find out more.

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