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[TRAINING FULL] Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

Tue, 09/28/2021 to Thu, 09/30/2021
8:30am - 5:00pm

UNH Extension is holding a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training! YMHFA, a National Council for Mental Wellness program, teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing since of a mental health challenge and connect them to support in their community.  It is designed for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and other caring adults that interact with adolescents (12-18) that at some time may experience a mental health challenge.

As a YMHFA Instructor you will train others in your community how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This training will give adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents who may be developing a mental health or substance use disorder and help connect them to the appropriate care.

This training opportunity through UNH Extension, in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Education, is FREE with a cost valued at about $2,000 per trainer. UNH Extension is considered the host site for individuals that take this training, and will require a signed Instructor Commitment Agreement. 

Here are a few of the commitments you will need to make to become a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor:

  • Provide a minimum of 3 trainings per year for at least 2 years
  • Commit time to facilitating, organizing and evaluating the training
  • Commit to attending at least three (3) of the quarterly meetings for instructors
  • Share participant data with UNH Extension at the end of each YMHFA training

If these dates do not work for you, we are planning on holding another training in the spring 2022. Please express your interest for a training in 2022 here:

Please direct any questions to Kendra Lewis (