Mental Health First Aid for Mechanchos

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Mental Health First Aid for Mechanchos

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identifyunderstand and respond to signs of mental distress and substance misuse in youth.
In collaboration with the Jewish teen funder collaborative, MEF is now pleased to offer this vital opportunity to Chabad educators!
The course consists of:
  1. Approximately 1.5 hours of independent work prior to the course.
  2. A 3 hour live, interactive webinar on Sunday, November 7 – ג׳ כסלו at 7-10PM EST.
  3. A 3 hour live, interactive webinar on Wednesday, November 10 – ו׳ כסלו at 7-10PM EST.
  4. A 5-10 minute online assessment after the course.

Please note: Due to the sensitive nature of the course materials, there will be no recordings. Please sign up only if you can attend live (online) at the times specified.

  • The subsidized cost of joining this course is just $18 per person.
  • Upon completing the course, participants receive mental health first aid certification, valid for three years.
  • Participants will be mailed a youth mental health manual for continued reference after the course.
  • Class size is limited so sign up today!
  • Registration will close either when the class fills up, or one week before the course.
(Participants in MEF’s Teach and Reach six week course which takes place at the same time will be exempt from that week’s coursework so that they can attend the Mental Health First Aid instead.)  

Mrs. Gittel Francis, LMSW, grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and children where they serve as Chabad Shluchim. Gittel is a member of the Behavioral Mental Health Service team at Jewish Family Service in Houston and manages the Mental Health First Aid program. She holds the title of national instructor in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid. In her role as community outreach social worker, Gittel provides trainings and lectures on a range of topics to increase mental health literacy. Gittel is a member of the clinical advisory board of the JLI teen suicide prevention program. She can be reached via email at [email protected]

Janet Pozmantier, LPC LMFT, is an award-winning author, curriculum developer, trainer, and child advocate specializing in primary prevention programming. She has created and successfully implemented child abuse prevention, relationship, parenting, mental health, trauma, and youth suicide prevention education curricula for children, youth, and adults.  She is the co-author of a book on early childhood development (The First Years, DK Publishing, 2001).  Janet served as the Founding Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Youth and Adult) and a certified Master Trainer for Mind Matters.


Nov 07 2021


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 07 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




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