Mental Health First Aid Training
Parents, Educators, Counselors, First Responders, Community Members, Concerned Adults:
Help Westchester’s Youth, Ages 13 to 18 and Adults Get the Mental Health Help They Need
Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized, evidence-based certification course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6.5-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. It is intended for non-mental health professionals and other adults who work with and care for youth, including but not limited to, teachers and school personnel, youth serving agencies, government agencies, coaches, parents, mentors and volunteers.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for some trainings.
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
Information about Mental Health Disorders in Adults
- Approximately 1 in 5 U.S. Adults live with a Mental Illness
- On average 123 people die by suicide each day.
- 630,000 people died from drug overdose from 1999-2016
Contact Paula Santa Donato, LCSW, director of youth services, to arrange for a Mental Health First Aid Training for your organization or school.
914-761-0600 x2322; [email protected]