About half of mental health issues appear in kids between the ages of 12 and 18-years-old.
That’s according to Prevention Coordinator Jamie MacDonald for Loudoun County. “The sooner there’s support offered and care offered to really anyone, whether it’s a young person or an adult, the more [likely] they’ll have a positive outcome on the other end,” said MacDonald.
MacDonald was one of two prevention coordinators who taught at this week’s free youth mental health first aid workshop.
The Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services offers such workshops a few times a month — not for bandaging or CPR, but for mental health.
On Monday and Tuesday, prevention training coordinators taught two, four-hour classes about mental health issues in adolescent development for adults who either work with teens or have kids of their own.
Participants are trained in intervening with young adults who may be showing early signs of mental health issues, or who may even be feeling suicidal.
MacDonald says the county hopes to offer classes in Spanish in the near future.