Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an eight-hour, evidence-based training program that teaches participants to recognize and respond to warning signs of mental health issues and crises in adolescents and teaches a five-step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations. It is an interactive training with hands-on activities, role plays and simulations.

The five-step action plan is:

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

Free trainings are available for educators and community members. To bring a course to your school or community organization, please contact Jennifer Smith Slabaugh, Project Aware State Manager, at or 804-828-2599.