Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainng
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an evidence-based training program to help citizens
identify mental health problems in young people, connect youth with care, and safely deescalate
crisis situations. The program, focusing on youth ages 12 to 18, provides an ideal forum to
engage communities in discussing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, the prevalence of
mental health disorders, the effectiveness of treatment, and how to engage troubled young people
in services. The training program is an 8-hour course and can be completed in one day of
training. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. The program is available in English and Spanish.
WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health
challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating
disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not
learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to
support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by
applying a core five-step action plan:
❖ Assess for risk of suicide or harm
❖ Listen nonjudgmentally
❖ Give reassurance and information
❖ Encourage appropriate professional help
❖ Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information
participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.
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