Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) 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 course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Your mental health matters and Athlete Haven's goal is to provide YMHFA training to athletic administration, coaches, and trainers. YMHFA can help with the following:
Informing adults about common mental health concerns among youth.
Teaching adults how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse use problems in youth
Providing adults with skills to use a 5-step action plan to help youth who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis, such as suicide