Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 6-hour training course developed by Mental Health First Aid from National Council of Mental Wellbeing designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to identify, understand and respond to adolescents who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenges or is in crisis.

1 in 5

teens has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life


of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by the mid-20’s


of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment


of youth report having a substance use or alcohol problem

We Offer

Youth Mental Health First Aid for Adults

This training available in English and Spanish gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (age 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them with the appropriate care.

Who Should Take This Course


School Staff



Camp Counselors

Youth Group Leaders

People Who Work With Youth

What Does This Course Cover

Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including



Eating Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

How to Interact with a Child or Adolescent in Crisis

How to Connect the Person with Help



Impact of Social Media & Bullying

Self Care

“As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they chose to be that way – or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says “How can I be helpful? That is a powerful question.”

Alyssa Fruchtenicht, school-based mental health counselor

Teen Mental Health First Aid

This training available in English and Spanish teaches high school students how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among their friends and peers. The training gives students the skills to have supportive conversations and invite a trusted adult to take over if necessary.

Who Should Take This Course

High School Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12

High Schools, Organizations Partnering with Youth-Serving Organizations

What Does This Course Cover

The course will teach students how to apply the teen MHFA Action Plan to help a friend:

Look for Warning Signs

Ask How They Are

Listen Up

Help Them Connect with an Adult

“Schools offering this training can save lives, families, and communities. Regardless of how happy, smart or popular someone seems on the outside, everyone is fighting battles we have no idea about. tMHFA taught me that sometimes we need a reminder of what is important and the tools to make that a priority,”

Katie Ramboyong, school-based mental health counselor


Contact Nina Menis at to get connected.

Support provided by the DuPage County Transformation Partnership, a collaboration between DuPage County and DuPage Foundation. Additional support is also provided by EndeavorHealth Community Investment Fund and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.

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