Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help a youth who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide or is struggling with substance abuse.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of these two sessions, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  2. Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  3. Interact effectively with a child or adolescent in crisis.
  4. Connect the youth with help.
  5. Understand the impact of social media and bullying on youth.
  6. Apply a personalized self-care plan.


  • Target audience: Individuals who desire to learn more about responding to a youth in behavioral crisis. This includes healthcare professionals, first responders, teachers, school personnel, clergy, community workers, support or administrative staff, family members or virtually any community member who interacts with the public.
  • CMEs/CEUs will not be available.
  • Instructional Level: Beginner
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered

In the News

Kimberly Lafountain, LMHC, discussed Youth Mental Health First Aid with WJAR Channel 10. Watch now on »

More Information

For more information about this event or to inquire about group rates, please contact Kim Lafountain at [email protected].