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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- NYC DOHMH

Yesenia Provencher & Yousef Hattar

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- NYC DOHMH
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Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.


The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do notlearn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn 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 Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.



 Everyone 18 and and older is invited to participate. 



Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program.



NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygeine

42-09 28th street LIC, NY 11101


Room 20-38, 20th floor


8:30 AM-5:00 PM

*Breakfast and lunch are not provided, refrigerators and microwaves are available for use. 

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If you have already attended a MHFA training session please do not register to attend another. However, you may recommend this course to a colleague by forwarding this invite. Thank you!


Have questions about Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- NYC DOHMH? Contact Yesenia Provencher & Yousef Hattar

When & Where

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street
Queens, NY 11101

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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