Youth Mental Health First Aid Training


Parents, Educators, Counselors, First Responders: Help Westchester’s Youth, Ages 13 to 18, Get the Mental Health Help They Need

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based certification course that teaches the warning signs and risk factors of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents. Youth Mental Health First Aid training offers a five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of a mental health concern or in an emotional crisis. The training program is intended for non-mental health professionals and other adults who work with and care for youth, ages 12 to 18, including but not limited to, teachers and school personnel, youth serving agencies, government agencies, coaches, parents, mentors and volunteers. See the flyer about the training here and read an article in the Scarsdale Inquirer about it.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for some trainings.

WJCS was the proud presenter on Youth Mental Health First Aid at a Safer Communities Forum on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Westchester County Center. 

Information about Mental Health Disorders in Youth

  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder
  • One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14
  • Almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year
  • Despite effective treatment, there are long delays−sometimes decades−between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help

Contact Paula Santa Donato, LCSW, director of youth services, to arrange for a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for your organization or school.
914-761-0600 x2322; [email protected]

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