CANCELLLED Youth Mental Health First Aid (For School Staff Only) - Cancelled (Course # 23KCTC0612)

Date(s): 6/12/2023 
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST

Registration open through 6/4/2023 11:59 PM EST


30 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.

Lunch is on your own.  It is not included. 

Course Description

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults to help adolescents experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth & reviews adolescent development. The course teaches a 5-step action plan to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations. Course topics include: anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

YMHFA is professional development opportunity for educators, staff and community partners including: administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, custodians, secretaries, security staff, lunch personnel, recess staff, bus drivers, youth program directors and youth leaders or workers. The course is designed to equip adults with knowledge and skills to promote mental health education, detect, respond and help connect youth with behavioral health resources. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking education program helping adults identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Youth Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive six and a half (6.5) hour course.


National Endorsements:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is supported by several other national organizations:

  • National Association of Secondary and Elementary School Principals
  • School Social Work Association of America
  • National Parent Teacher Association
  • National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers
  • National Association of School Psychologists

Background Information:
Mental disorders are common in the United States. One (1) in five (5) Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness every year. Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in the country. Unfortunately, eighty (80) percent of Americans with treatable mental disorders do not receive a proper diagnosis and an effective treatment. In most cases people do not receive treatment because they do not understand they have an illness. People do not know the steps they need to take or where to receive help.


Chelsea Kittridge; Meghan Aupperlee

Chelsea Kittridge-Farrell is a Mental Wellness Consultant at Kent ISD. She collaborates with educators to integrate student mental health services and support systems into schools. Chelsea is passionate about student and staff social and emotional health and wellness and breaking down barriers to accessing timely, effective, culturally responsive mental health treatment.


Chelsea has a Master's in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan. She is also a licensed School Social Worker in Michigan and holds K-12 and Special Education Administrative Certificates from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, Chelsea is a certified Restorative Practices, CPI, and Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management (B-TAM) trainer at Kent ISD.


Before her current role, Chelsea was a Behavior Coach at Kent ISD. She also worked as a School Social Worker at Rockford Public Schools, Grand Traverse County, and Muskegon County.

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Course Cost

The course cost is $23.95

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 6.5

SCECHs- 6.5
SWCECs- 6.5



Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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