Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
Audience: Adults who regularly interact with young people
Funding is available to provide free training in many areas we serve.
This program 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 (aged 12-18) experiencing a mental health or addictions’ challenge or who is in crisis. YMHFA is a public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. YMHFA is offered in an 8-hour interactive course using role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Also available: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
This is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. MHFA is offered in an 8-hour interactive course introducing participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Participants also learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge necessary to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
See our Events page for upcoming trainings.