Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid USA

Professor Anthony Jorm and health education nurse Betty Kitchener founded MHFA in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental  Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought the program to the United States.  Today, local and regional efforts are forming across America to heighten community literacy and awareness surrounding all aspects of individual mental health.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA course teaches skills for providing initial help to young people experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.

The Youth MHFA course manual used for training is family driven, youth guided, culturally competent, grounded in good clinical practices, and inclusive of relevant and useful information to guide adults assisting young people.

Similar to “First Aid” and “CPR”, Youth MHFA teaches family, friends, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, healthcare workers, law enforcement, juvenile justice workers, and general public how to respond in a mental health emergency with youth and young adults. It empowers individuals to support a young person who appears to be in emotional distress.

This is an 8-hour course; however we have the option to schedule two 4-hour sessions. The class size is limited to 25-30 individuals/class. Please call Annette at 402-779-1173 or email me at to find out more or to schedule training for your group.

Participant must attend all 8 hours of training to receive a Youth MHFA certificate.

Before you can know how to help, you need to have a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges.

When you take the course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid 5-step action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Panic Attacks
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Psychosis (hallucinations and delusions)
  • Substance Use withdrawals
  • Reaction to traumatic event/s

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches about resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.


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