Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 6-hour training that gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Course Details:
Just as CPR helps those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support:
  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The training has been adapted to be delivered virtually during a 4-hour instructor-led Zoom training.

**A 2-hour, self-paced online class is required to participate in the 4-hour, virtual Instructor-led training. Information on the self-paced online class will be emailed after registration. **

What the Training Covers:
  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents ages 6-18, including:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use & substance use disorder
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis 
  • How to connect the person with help
  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying
Who Should Take Youth Mental Health First Aid?
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • School staff
  • Coaches
  • School Volunteers

Please note: Mental Health First Aid is designed for the general public and not for mental health professionals.
Registration Information:

Date: Multiple sessions are available, please see below for registration links. **Registration is limited to 10 people per session due to programmatic requirements**

Time/Location: 6-hours total: 2-hours self-paced and 4-hours instructor-led virtually through Zoom.

Cost: Free This professional development is being funded by The Ohio Department of Education and prevention initiatives.


To Register: Please choose from one of the following dates below.
Questions or concerns? Please contact session facilitator Aimee Mendelsohn at amendelsohn@esclakeeriewest.org