Youth Mental Health First Aid

2020-2021 Agency Wide Training

Prairie Lakes AEA offers YMHFA

Prairie Lakes AEA will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training on various dates in multiple locations throughout the 2020-2021 school year. This six and one half hour 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 training will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with a 30 minute lunch on your own. There is no charge to participate. Class is limited to 30 participants.

This training also meets the Iowa legislation requirement of one hour of suicide prevention training for school districts.

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 5 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:

To register for an Agency Wide Training, click below.

For additional information contact: Kim Bodholdt, YMFHA Coordinator, at

If you would like to offer YMHFA to your school staff as a group, email with available dates and times.