Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth MHFA training is an eight (8) hour training curriculum delivered in a nine (9) hour format to allow for breaks.  The training can be offered either in one full day or in two half day sessions and is currently being made available free of charge to anybody who lives, works or studies in Philadelphia though a partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.  Youth MHFA training is designed for adults who work or interact with young people 12 – 18 years of age.

The Youth MHFA curriculum includes an overview of signs and symptoms for common mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide and psychosis as well as substance use disorders.  The training is interactive and provides many opportunities for hands-on practice.  Throughout the entire Youth MHFA training, participants learn how to administer the 5 Step ALGEE MHFA Action Plan to a young person who is showing warning signs of a developing behavioral health challenge or is experiencing a behavioral health crisis.  The ALGEE mnemonic stands for:

      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

Upon completion of the training, participants receive a comprehensive manual and three (3) year Youth MFHA Aider Certification with the National Council for Behavioral Health.