Youth Mental Health First Aid

2023-2024 PLAEA Regional 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:

8:15-11:30 - 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 Awareness Training Project.

This training also meets the Iowa legislation requirement of one hour of yearly suicide prevention training for educators. Educators will still need to complete the AEA online module for suicide postvention to meet that portion of the law requirement.

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:

PLAEA Regional Training Dates (listed below)

Registration is required through AEA Professional Learning Registration.

Course Title: PL-Youth Mental Health First Aid

Course #204152

All YMHFA trainings will be held at the Pocahontas AEA Office.

You will receive an email from the YMHFA training team one week prior to the training with information regarding training details.

Monday December 4, 2023

Registration Deadline: Monday November 27, 2023

Course #204152

Section #315854

Thursday February 8, 2024

Registration Deadline: Thursday January 25, 2024

Course #204152

Section #315855

Monday April 8, 2024

Registration Deadline: Monday March 26, 2024

Course #204152

Section #315856

Interested In Training your District/School as a Group at your Site?

Contact Kim Bodholdt, PLAEA MHFA Coordinator at with available dates and times.