Youth Mental Health First Aid


Youth Mental Health First Aid (Y-MHFA) USA is an 8-hour, evidenced-based, public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. Y-MHFA builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is working in partnership with BHSSBC, Inc.

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) United Way of the Laurel Highlands (UWLH) to provide Y-MHFA training and materials at no cost to Local Educational Agencies serviced by the Intermediate Unit 8. Additional information can be found at:


The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use disorder
  • AD/HD
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Disruptive behavior disorders

The course will teach participants how to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies


The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents including but not limited to:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Parents
  • School Staff
  • Law Enforcement
  • Youth Group Leaders

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 9am to Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 1pm

IU8 Richland Office, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Room E-212 Johnstown, PA 15904

***Please note this training will be held:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 9:00am-1:00pm

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 9:00am-1:00pm

*attendance both days is required



For additional information please contact;

Mark DeRubeis LPC, BSL, BCBA

814-940-0223 x1386

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