520 N. Delaware Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19123 • 215-923-2116 • fax: 215-923-5169

CE Type: 
# of CE's: 
8.0 and 0.8 IACET

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand and respond to young people experiencing behavioral health challenges or crises.  Using a combination of lecture, video, activities and discussions, the course provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of behavioral health and substance use challenges.  The course presents a 5-step action plan for offering initial assistance and connecting individuals with appropriate care and support.  

There is also a Mental Health First Aid course focused on adults helping adults.  Click here for course description and listings.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Develop understanding of signs and symptoms of behavioral health challenges and how they are similar to and different from typical development
  2. Review potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of behavioral health challenges that may be experienced by young people
  3. Identify a 5-step action plan to assess the situation and offer assistance
  4. Develop understanding of the prevalence of various mental health diagnoses in the U.S. and the importance of reducing stigma
  5. Develop familiarity with the range of appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available
Intended Audience: 

This training is intended for adults who work with or have regular interactions with youth (approx ages 13 - 20).  Family members, community members and concerned citizens are welcome.

Instructional Level: 


Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire training and complete an evaluation in order to receive a First Aider Certificate