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Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

YMHFA training Westchester Community College – Jan 2017

Likened to CPR for the mind, YMHFA is an 8 hour certification course that 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. YMHFA also builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance misuse/addiction, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders, ADHD, ODD, and eating disorders. YMHFA is an evidence-based, nationally recognized program that received wide scale support from both the Obama White House and bi-partisan members of Congress.

YMHFA is designed to help you identify, understand, and respond to signs that a young person may be experiencing a mental health and/or substance misuse/addiction challenge by:

  • Teaching the unique risk factors and warning signs common among adolescents.
  • Building an understanding of the importance of early intervention.
  • Introducing the tools to employ a 5-Step Action Plan, designed to equip you with the knowledge to help adolescents in crisis and/or non-crisis situations.
YMHFA training Mercy College RAs, PACT mentors – Aug 2017

the harris project founder Stephanie Marquesano is a certified YMHFA instructor and is part of the Hudson Valley YMHFA Learning Collaborative. Who is this course for? Healthcare professionals; first responders; law enforcement officials; public service employees; community leaders; school and college administrators, teachers, staff, and students (ages 16 to 18 need parental consent); clergy; coaches/athletic trainers; parents/guardians; and, caring citizens. If you are interested in offering the YMHFA certification course to your group, contact Stephanie at Stephanie also offers free YMHFA training to high school students (age 16 and older with parental consent) together with staff advisors as part of CODA.

the harris project raises awareness, supports opportunities for early intervention, works to end stigma, and empowers all of us to make a difference.