Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

mental health first aidAudience: 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) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction 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 an 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.

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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 an 8-hour interactive course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding or 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.