Youth Mental Health First Aid (Y/MHFA)

This no-cost class raises awareness and improves literacy about youth mental health. Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use topics in youth ages 12 to 18. Instructors create a safe and welcoming place to share, learn and grow. Be ready to talk about key topics and take part in activities.

What’s covered and who benefits 

The training covers topics like: 

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges 
  • Working with youth in crisis 
  • Connecting youth with help 
  • Understanding trauma, substance use, and self-care 
  • Seeing the impact of social media on bullying 

Those who can get the most from this intro course are people with little experience helping youth with mental health topics like: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) 

Others who can benefit from training are in roles that positively impact youth, like: 

  • Teachers and school staff 
  • Coaches 
  • Camp counselors 
  • Parents and caregivers 
  • Other adults who work with youth  

Types of training 

You can get the training: 

  • In person: Complete a 6.5-hour, in-person session with an instructor. 
  • In person and online (blended): Complete a two-hour, self-paced online course. Then, take part in a 4.5 to 5.5 hour session with an instructor, in person or online.  

* Training courses require a minimum of 5 people and can be up to 30 people

More about Y/MHFA  

You can learn more about Y/MHFA by visiting the Youth Mental Health website and reading their flyer. 

Get training 

  • Email us to sign up for training or schedule a date for your group.