Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

About MHFA Training

Length: 8 hours. There are 2 hours that can be done ahead of time to fit the training into 6 hours.

Cost: $2,000 plus expenses. The cost covers two CFS clinicians who are certified to facilitate this training and are required to be present for the full training.

Additional expenses include:

  • A $25 charge per participant from YMHFA for use of their licensed program as delivered by CFS facilitators. The ideal class size is 5-30 peopl (larger class sizes can be accommodated – call 888-685-9522 or email for questions).
  • The training host site will need to purchase a Youth Mental Health First Aid Manual for $20. If the group is together on one site for the training, one manual is sufficient.
  • Each participant needs their own processing guide at a cost of $10 per participant, or the host site can choose to print the guide themselves and then this cost would not be included. If the host site chooses to print, a PDF will be provided.
  • Travel expenses for the CFS trainers.

Schools and organizations are typically able to secure grants for this type of training. Schools can also use Title IV funds to cover the cost of training. For helpful information on funding available for YMHFA training, visit this link.

Training Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, coaches, youth-serving volunteers, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions 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, provides hands-on activities and practice, and focuses on how to implement a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Upon completion, participants will be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Download an informational toolkit from YMHFA here.