Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Youth Mental Health First Aid
First Aid For Mental Health
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is given until appropriate supports are received.
Philadelphia is one of the first in the U.S. to implement MHFA on a large scale.
Research shows that MHFA leads to:
- Greater recognition of behavioral health challenges
- Increased confidence in one’s ability to help
- Increased amount of help provided
- Decreased stigmatizing attitudes while promoting inclusion
September 26, 8:30 AM – 5: 30 PM
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both 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.
Participants recieve a 3 year national certificaion and free comprehensive manual along with local resources upon completion of the training.
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