In the Youth Mental Health First Aid training course, you’ll learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health challenges of youth, including disruptive behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, and anxiety attacks.  

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include:
  • Common disorders in adolescence (disruptive behavior disorder like AD/HD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use disorders)
  • Distinguishing adolescent development from mental health challenges
  • Risk and Protective Factors for youth
  • Common crisis
  • De-escalation
  • Connecting to resources

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$75/per person. Class fee for the course includes training manual and light refreshments.

Novelette Pierce, Director of Operations, npierce@contactsyracuse.org, 315-251-1400 ext. 108

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