Supporting Youth Mental Health for Volunteers Training

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What You’ll Learn

Through interactive online learning, practice situations, and discussion, participants will learn about:

  • Volunteers’ important role in supporting youth mental health
  • Signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, including suicidal ideas or attempts
  • Simple skills and strategies to build trusting relationships and talk to a youth who is struggling
  • Roles, responsibilities, and resources for volunteers who support youth

Why?

Because we can help break the stigma of mental illness, by asking questions, listening, and being there for young people.

Adults who volunteer with young people, care about young people. One way to show we care is to give help and support when someone is feeling down. That’s what the Supporting Youth Mental Health for Volunteers Training—Supporting YMH, for short—is all about: knowing how to support youth when they’re down, whether it’s simply a bad day or it’s more than that.

Supporting YMH has two parts:

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

Join the YMH Movement

A team of youth, volunteers, and staff developed this training. Now, it’s available to you!

Volunteer Requirement:

  • 2022-2023 4-H year: Overnight youth experiences require all volunteers serving as chaperones, or adult advisors, to be trained.

After a volunteer has completed this training, a short booster training will be required every two years.

Register for Training

Choose the time and format (virtual or in-person) that works for you. Click the link for a session below to register. You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to sign into the online portion of the course.

Note: Pay attention to AM and PM times. Click here for a Calendar view of sessions.

When

Where

Details

Registration Link

Thursday, December 8, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Zoom

Zoom connection and other info provided after you register.

Registration is Closed

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00-9:00 PM

Zoom

Zoom connection and other info provided after you register.

Register by December 4th!

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Zoom Zoom connection and other info provided after you register Register by January 18th!

Thursday, February 23, 2023

7:00-9:00 AM

Zoom Zoom connection and other info provided after you register Register by February 16th!
Notice of Difficult Content: This can be a difficult topic for many people. If you are concerned some or all of the content may be traumatizing for you, we want to work with you. Contact your local educator or Dawn VandeVoort at dawn.vandevoort@wisc.edu or 920-366-7087 to discuss options, or speak to a facilitator if you have concerns about the live training.

Youth Mental Health Training Waivers

Have you had Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training in the last two years? If yes, you may not need to take Extension’s Supporting Youth Mental Health Training. To receive a waiver for completing YMHFA, do one of these two things:

  • Send a dated certificate to 4h@extension.wisc.edu – Make sure the certificate date is in the last two years.
  • Don’t have a certificate? If you took an Extension YMHFA training, send the full name and email to 4h@extension.wisc.edu. We will follow up from there.

Note: All staff and volunteers who serve in overnight chaperon roles are responsible for understanding the expectations described in Extension’s Youth Mental Health Reference Guide. The Guide will be shared in the waiver confirmation email. Also, every two years, a short youth mental health booster training is required, even for those who have received the YMHFA waiver.

Send all other waiver requests to Matt Calvert, Positive Youth Development Institute Director.

Want to Learn More?

If you liked Supporting YMH and want more training, check out Youth Mental Health First Aid training. It is also offered by Extension.

Questions?

Contact Dawn VandeVoort at 920-366-7087 or dawn.vandevoort@wisc.edu


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