Youth Mental Health First Aid

2021-2022 PLAEA Agency-Wide Training Options

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider

This training course is designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.


The in-person training schedule is:

8:30-11:30 - training

11:30-12:00 - lunch

12:00-3:30 - training


Youth Mental Health First Aid training is FREE to all participants. Materials are now covered through the Prairie Lakes AEA - Mental Health Training Awareness Project.


This training also meets the Iowa legislation requirement of one hour of yearly suicide prevention training for educators.

How Youth Mental Health First Aid Can Help

  • Informs adults about common mental health concerns among youth
  • Reduces stigma
  • Teaches adults how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems in youth
  • Teaches a five-step action plan to help youth who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis


To learn more about the course, visit the website at:

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/course-types/youth/

Registration and training dates are below.

For additional information contact: Kim Bodholdt, MFHA Coordinator, at kbodholdt@plaea.org.


If you would like to offer YMHFA in district training to your school staff as a group, email kbodholdt@plaea.org with available dates and times.

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April 19, 2022 YMHFA at Pocahontas AEA

Registration Deadline April 11, 2022

May 16, 2022 YMHFA at Pocahontas AEA

Registration deadline: May 9, 2022

June 3, 2022 YMHFA at Pocahontas AEA

Registration Deadline: May 26, 2022