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What Is Youth Mental Health First Aid USA?

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program focused on training adults to respond and assist a young person who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.                  


  • This course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports systems.
  • Participants do not learn to diagnose or how to provide therapy or counseling.


Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies


Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.


To register:

YMHFA Reg. 7-24-17