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Mental Health First Aid Training For Adults Assisting Young People

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Photo from Nikki Haley Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Rally";

We’re joined by Richard Keelan, he's a Child Advocate at Lee Health, to learn more about a training course he'll be conducting for people who work with young people. Youth Mental Health First Aid gives people the tools to identify when an adolescent might be struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem, and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. This course is aimed at anyone working or volunteering with youth between the ages of 10-18, including teachers, coaches, medical staff, church youth advisors, sports club staff and camp counselors.


Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.