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Mental Health First Aid &
Mental Health First Aid/Youth
(for adults assisting young people)
Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Both Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid/Youth are 8-hour classes. They are designed to
  • Enhance mental health literacy
  • Decrease stigma of mental health problems
  • Encourage people with problems to get early help
The classes build understanding of the signs and impact of mental health problems and present a five-step "first aid" plan for responding to mental health issues, including concerns about suicide.
Mental Health First Aid

The next training sessions will be:

  1. April 8-9
    Friday, April 8, 4 pm to 8:15 pm
    Saturday, April 9, 9 am to 1:15 pm
    (You must attend both days)

  2. May 26-27
    Thursday, May 26, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    Friday, May 27, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    (You must attend both days)

  3. June 16-17
    Thursday, June 16, 9 am to 1:15 pm
    Friday, June 17, 9 am to 1:15 pm
    (You must attend both days)

Cost: $40. Space limited to first 20 paid registrants. To register, please call 315-251-1400, ext. 132.

Participants in the original workshop learn the warning signs and symptoms of the most common adult mental health problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.

One in four adults in the U.S. will suffer from a mental or emotional health disorder every year. There is a good chance that someday someone you know will need help.

Mental Health First Aid is for

  • General public
  • Law enforcement and other first responders
  • Nursing home staff
  • School personnel
  • Faith communities
  • Employers
  • State policymakers and mental health advocacy organizations
MHFA qualifies for CEUS for
  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
  • Credentialed Prevention Specialists (CPS)
  • Credentialed Prevention Professionals (CPP)
  • NYS Nurses Association
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission
Mental Health First Aid/

(for adults assisting young people)

The next training sessions will be

  1. April 25-26
    Monday, April 25, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    Tuesday, April 26, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    (You must attend both days)

  2. May 24-25
    Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    Wednesday, May 26, 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm
    (You must attend both days)

  3. June 28-29
    Tuesday, June 28, 9 am to 1:15 pm
    Wednesday, June 29, 9 am to 1:15 pm
    (You must attend both days)

Cost: A grant allows us to offer this training for free to any adult who interacts with Syracuse City School District youth. Space is limited.

Mental Health First Aid/Youth is intended primarily for adults interacting regularly with young people (ages 12-18). It covers normal adolescent development and common mental health challenges of youth, including anxiety, depression, substance use, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), nonsuicidal self-injury and eating disorders.

One-half of all lifetime cases of a mental health disorder begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. You can help a young person get early help.

Mental Health First Aid/Youth is recommended for

  • Parents and other family members
  • Caregivers
  • Teachers and other school staff
  • Health and human services workers
  • Neighbors and other caring citizens
Schedule and registration
Community trainings are offered once or twice a month and fill up quickly.

Check our training schedule or sign up for our mailing list to receive notice of trainings.

To register for one of our regularly scheduled community trainings, see our schedule page or call 315-251-1400 ext. 132.

Group Training
To schedule a training for your group, contact
Novelette Pierce
Director, Community-based Services or
315-251-1400 x 108

For more information on Mental Health First Aid or Mental Health First Aid/Youth go to .

Phone: 315-251-1400  
Fax: 315-251-2218

6311 Court Street Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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