Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Your chance to train with Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio to become a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider is here.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Third Presbyterian Church, 3358 McHenry Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45225
Cost: FREE! There is no cost to you for this course, normally $170 per person, due to a SAMHSA Aware Community grant awarded to Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio

An evidence-based program that has been adopted by 23 countries, YMHFA involves 7 1/2 hours of intensive instruction and hands-on application. YMHFA teaches adults how to identify and assist a youth with a mental health problem. Utilizing a five-step action plan, participants learn how to assess for risk of suicide or harm, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance and information, encourage appropriate professional help, and encourage self-help and other support strategies. In addition, participants are provided information on how to effectively navigate the youth mental health resources available in Greater Cincinnati.

Certified Youth Mental Health First Aiders leave training with a stand-alone, evidence-based, “toolkit” that provides the community, both laypeople and health professionals, with a common framework, language and knowledge-base to create and implement a support plan for youth experiencing a mental disorder or in crisis.. Over the last 12 months, MHA of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, has certified over 2000 people, including: teachers, nurses, faith-based groups, counselors, social workers, and parents.