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.
- Develop understanding of signs and symptoms of behavioral health challenges and how they are similar to and different from typical development
- Review potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of behavioral health challenges that may be experienced by young people
- Identify a 5-step action plan to assess the situation and offer assistance
- Develop understanding of the prevalence of various mental health diagnoses in the U.S. and the importance of reducing stigma
- Develop familiarity with the range of appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available
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.
Participants must attend the entire training and complete an evaluation in order to receive a First Aider Certificate