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Youth Mental Health First Aid


Youth Mental Health First Aid

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

This is an eight-hour certification course that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling-rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan. 

This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, ages 12-18 - social workers, administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors, coaches, secretaries, registrars, lunch staff, bus drivers, and leaders of faith communities, law enforcement, and other caring citizens.

This workshop is typically offered at SDCOE as needed.
Please click on one of the following workshop dates for more information: 
  • October 17, 2016
  • January 9, 2017
  • January 30, 2017
  • February 24, 2017
  • June 7, 2017
We also encourage school districts to contact us to arrange training specifically for their school teams.



 Mara Madrigal-Weiss                                                                              Heather Nemour
 Coordinator,                                                                                            Project Specialist,                                                                      858-292-3569                                                                                         858-569-5489

  Violeta Mora                                                                                           For registration information please contact 
  Project Specialist                                                                                    Amanda Holt
  (858) 292-3661                                                                                       Program Secretary