Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour 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 teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses 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.

Anyone 18 or older can take the Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18. 


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, AD/HD, 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.

This program is great for parents, coaches, youth leaders and anyone who spends time with youth.  

***A class will be offered at Joel Barlow High School, 9:00am- 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday May 16th from 9:00-1:00pm. You must attend all 8-hours in order to receive the Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate. 

To register email:  Maryanne Pieratti at  Please include your full name and phone number with the registration.  We need a minimum of 8 people to register.

Cost:  $18.95 for the cost of the textbook.

Please bring snack/drink for yourself for the 4-hours. 

Attached is a flyer.