FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Class

Friday January 11

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd Barton A/B Conference Room, Columbia, MD 21045

Do you live with, work with or love a young person in foster care? Are they struggling with a mental health condition, addiction or thoughts of suicide? Join us to learn about common mental health challenges, taking action and handling a crisis.

How do you talk with a young person to show care and concern? Come learn about a five step action plan for helping a teen you care about.  Choose the Sun Consulting and Columbia Rising, LLC has partnered with the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition to offer FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) certification training for foster parents, mentors, CASA volunteers, and anyone else who works or lives with children in the foster care system. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify,  understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and  substance use disorders.

I can’t emphasize this enough:

This 8-hour training gives adults who work or live with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the  appropriate care. This course is 8 hours, not including a 30-minute lunch break.

Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a 3-year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. For more  information about Mental Health First Aid, visit  ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS Catherine Roogow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult and Youth) Owner, Columbia Rising LLC Columbia Rising LLC-Behavioral Health Informed Practices for Business and the Community Industry specific behavioral health training and consultation for companies and professional associations.

Mental health and substance use awareness education and instruction for public agencies and social organizations. Columbia Rising LLC is invested in improving the understanding of mental health and how mental health functioning can impact our lives professionally, socially and within our personal relationships.

What’s the real story?

Whether at home, work or engaged in the community the impact of behavioral health functioning is present. Everyone has mental health, just as everybody has physical health, and both reside upon a continuum from fitness to illness.

However, behavioral health needs are not given the same consideration as medical health needs. Columbia Rising LLC aims to rectify this by bringing Behavioral Health Informed Practices into corporate and social settings to address the importance of behavioral health functioning in our professional performance and daily interactions. For more information or to connect contact me at: Naeemah Staggs, MHS Founder and Owner, Choose the Sun Consulting National Trainer | Speaker | Community Educator A Certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Naeemah Staggs, is also a former licensed counselor who now focuses on a more macro approach to healing.

Inspired by the compassion of everyday people making a difference in the lives of others, she is passionate about empowering communities to be a part of the solution. For over 15 years, Naeemah has helped national, state, and local organizations and the children, youth and families they serve by working to ensure the health and well-being of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. In her free time, Naeemah enjoys engaging with women both online and in-person to share stories, strategies and resources for living an inspired life. A native Washingtonian, Naeemah currently lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with her husband and 4 year old daughter. Naeemah invites you to learn more by visiting her website at  ABOUT THE HOWARD COUNTY LOCAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT COALITION The HCLHIC works to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Howard County.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd Barton A/B Conference Room, Columbia, MD 21045