You Can Help Support Youth Mental Health

In December, the Surgeon General warned of a growing crisis in youth mental health. He stated, “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real, and they are widespread. But most importantly, they are treatable, and often preventable.”

In Wisconsin 4-H, we understand our important role in helping to build emotional health in youth. Volunteers help through belonging, safe and welcoming spaces, and caring adults. A new training supports you as volunteers, as you support youth. It’s important to know how to be there youth when they’re down, whether it’s simply a bad day or it’s more than that.

Available to All Volunteers; Required for Some

The Supporting Youth Mental Health for Volunteers training is available to all adult volunteers who want to learn to:

  • Know when a youth might be struggling
  • Talk to and support them
  • Get more help when needed

For this year, in-person, overnight youth experiences will need to have at least two adults trained and on-site for any overnight experience. In 2023, the training will be required for all volunteers enrolled as chaperons, or adult advisors.

Get Trained

The training has two parts:

  • 1-hour online training
  • 1.5-2-hour live training—offered virtually or in-person

Find a time that works for your schedule! We offer a wide range of dates and time for the live training. They are listed on the Supporting YMH web page. Click the link to register for the session you plan to attend. You will get an email about how to get started with the online training, which must be completed before the live training.

Waivers are available for those who have recently completed Youth Mental Health First Aid or have extensive professional training. See the Supporting YMH web page for more information.

Questions? Contact Monica at monica.lobenstein@wisc.edu or 715-896-0377.

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