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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Fri, 03/26/2021
9:00am - 3:00pm

UNH Extension's Youth and Family Resiliency (YFR) Team is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) virtual training on March 26 from 9:00AM to 3:00pm. 

As all who work with or care for youth are acutely aware, the past 10 months of COVID-19 have taken its toll on the emotional well-being and mental health of young people in communities across the country. The need for adults to better understand, support and connect youth to help is greater now than ever. We invite you to be part of the response that is needed.

YMHFA is a program of the National Council for Behavioral Health that teaches adult participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among young people (ages 12-18). YMHFA training gives participants the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to youth who may be experiencing or developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. While the focus of this program is on adolescents, some information is provided that may assist work with younger children as well. For more information about YMHFA, see:

With this outreach we are utilizing the new 'virtual' delivery option of this program. Participants will:

  • Complete a 2-hour, self-paced online training module in advance of the Instructor led training by March 23, 2021 (you will have access to the module two weeks before), and
  • Attend the Instructor-led class via Zoom on March 26 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (includes breaks)

If you are interested in participating in this FREE training that will certify you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, please complete the registration by March 5, 2021.  Up to 20 adults will be able to enroll in this YMHFA program on March 26th. If the class is full, you will be placed on a waiting list for any last minute openings or future training dates.