Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches you how to recognize and respond to a young person showing signs of a mental health challenge, disorder, or in a crisis and connect them with professional, peer, social or self-help care. The course is offered for FREE through a federal grant to Community Synergy. This course is offered to any adult over the age of 18 who works or has contact with youth including school staff, coaches, law enforcement, camp counselors, youth group leaders, clergy, and parents. Complete the course and get certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider by the National Council for Behavioral Health for three years.
Just like CPR is preparation for an emergency, YMHFA is preparation in case a young person needs help. The course addresses a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, non-suicidal harm, suicide, impacts of bullying, school trauma and social media on youth and self-care for the Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Learn the validated ALGEE 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.
First Aiders will complete a required 2-hour self - paced online class, and then participate in a 4.5- hour Instructor-led videoconference. The 2-hour self-paced online class must be completed at least one week prior to the 4.5- hour training.
- Pre-register for the course and take the required 2 - hour webinar prior to the 4.5 virtual class with an instructor. After registration you will receive the link to this webinar.
To register and for more information about the course, please contact Community Synergy-YMHFA Coordinator: Karen Roselle - firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include your full name, email address and phone number)