Youth Mental Health First Aid

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Offered by: 
Healthy Families and Communities
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Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth

The Collaborative for Educational Services and Clinical Support Options are partnering to present Youth Mental Health First Aid training. This is an 8-hour public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20 percent of youth live with a mental health condition, and the onset for many mental illnesses is during adolescence. Untreated, mental illness can lead to serious negative outcomes. Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives individuals the tools to know how and when to help.

What will participants learn?

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Like CPR, participants learn how to be a first responder. 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:

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

The Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12 - 18.

Who should take the course?

Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12 - 18 (teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens).

Date and Location

  • August 6, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton (Register by July 30)

Cost and Registration

This event is provided free of cost by the Coalition of Western Massachusetts Hospitals. Space is limited. Please pre-register.

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For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.