Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, along with the Department of Community Mental Health and Westchester Jewish Community Services, launched “Youth Mental Health First Aid,” a new Safer Communities initiative, last week.
At a press conference at the County Center announcing the new program, Astorino said: “Youth Mental Health First Aid trains adults on how to detect warning signs that our kids could be at risk. If you see cuts or bruises, you don’t have to be a doctor to know what to do. The same cannot be said for mental illnesses. This program helps teach parents, teachers, coaches, clergy – just ordinary people – what to be on the lookout for when it comes to mental illness and our kids.”