Youth Mental Health First Aid

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The eight-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.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use disorders.
  2. Discuss a five-step action plan to help a young person in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  3. Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in youth within the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  4. Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help a young person with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
  5. Assess their own views and feelings about youth mental health problems and disorders.


  • Target audience: Individuals who desire to learn more about responding to a youth (ages 12-18) in behavioral crisis. This includes health care 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


  • Program fee: $109
  • For group reservations, contact Elizabeth Defreitas at 401-606-5759 or email
  • Online registration closes two days before the event date.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752.
  • Refund/cancellation information: Training fees are not refundable. Should unforeseen circumstances cause you to no longer be available on the date of your training, you may send an alternate attendant to the event at no additional charge. To request such a change, please email Pat Perry at
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.

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More Information

For more information about this event or to inquire about group rates, please contact Kim Lafountain at or call 401-606-5759.

Location Information

Bradley Learning Exchange
1 Catamore Blvd.
East Providence, RI 02914