Youth Mental Health First Aid

This 8-hour training is designed to provide unlicensed staff with skills to assist an adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge.

Sponsored by:  Project AWARE Grant Awarded to ESD112 in Vancouver, WA

Instructors:  Kimberly Beeson and Scott Sturdivan

Audience:  Security, administrators, teachers, field staff, chaperones, and paraprofessionals. Also appropriate for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, and coaches.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Participants will be better able to help an adolescent (age 12 – 18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. 

The course utilizes role-playing and simulations to help participants gain skills to offer initial assistance in a mental health crisis and how to effectively connect adolescents to appropriate community resources. Participants will learn the common mental health challenges for youth, typical adolescent development, and a five-step action plan for how to help young people both in crisis and non-crisis situations.  Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices includes Mental Health First Aid training.

Clock Hours:  8 clock hours will be available for an additional charge of $16.  Checks or credit card payments accepted (no cash or American Express please).

Provided:  Training materials and hot beverage service included.  Schedule allows for two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute "on your own" lunch break.

Fee:  No cost to participants, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

To Register:  Click link on attached flyer, or search online for this URL address:

Last day to register:  9/27/17

Flyer MHFA at PSESD 9-29-17.pdf505.38 KB
Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057


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