Gulf Bend Center to train Industrial ISD staff in youth mental health first aid

Gulf Bend Center instructors will provide two Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Vanderbilt, TX.

At this time, 122 individuals have signed up to attend the trainings. Instructors Valerie Hudgens, Christina Reed and Lauren Richter will provide the training at Industrial High School from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Instructors Arturo Lara and Bethaney Myers will provide the training at East Elementary from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid communities of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

For more information or to schedule a training call Gulf Bend Center (361) 575-0611, Valerie Hudgens, ext. 169 or visit

About Gulf Bend Center

Gulf Bend Center is a regional provider of integrated behavioral health and intellectual & developmental disability services for Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Lavaca and Victoria Counties. The mission of the Center is to improve the quality of life in our community for individuals and their families by providing excellent and trusted care for wellness. Our experienced staff provides a wide array of treatment and support services in a professional and compassionate way. We not only support patients, but we also support families and friends, giving them the tools they need to provide the proper level of care for their loved ones. For more information visit