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Saint Leo U-Lake City Offering Free Youth Mental Health Workshop

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Those who work with youths, teachers, caregivers, pastoral staff members, and others are invited to attend a free youth mental health workshop. The workshop is sponsored by the Saint Leo University Lake City Education Center and Suwannee River Area Health Education Center.

The workshop will take place on September 29 from 8:30 am – 4 pm in the upstairs meeting room in the Lake Shore Hospital Authority headquarters, 259 N.E. Franklin St., Lake City, FL 32055.

The workshop is designed for those who work and interact with young people ages 12-18.

The eight-hour workshop teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.

Specifically, participants will learn:

• Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents;

• The Importance of early interventions;

• How to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental challenge; and,

• Five-step action plan.

Registration is required by Thursday, September 15, at https://calendar.saintleo.edu/worldwide/event/5095-1

For more information: Lisa Burnham, assistant director, Saint Leo University’s Lake City Education Center, lisa.burnham@saintleo.edu or (386) 752-6866.

The center is at 149 S.E. College Place, Building 101, Lake City, FL 32025, on the campus of Florida Gateway College. Popular degree programs include education, business, criminal justice, social services, and psychology.

About Saint Leo University:  Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering 62 degree programs to more than 15,800 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks and sisters, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 16 education centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 100,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu.

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