What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.



Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse

How to interact with an adolescent in crisis

How to connect with the adolescent with help


  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp/youth organization counselors and leaders
  • Youth group leaders
  • Parents
  • People who work with youth

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies