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Mental Health First Aid: Youth 2-day


Date & Time

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 & Wednesday, May 31, 2023

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


The teenage years can be a tumultuous time of change and development. This can also be a time when mental health challenges emerge. Those challenges may be the cause for falling grades, problems with close relationships, and substance use.


Mental Health First Aid: Youth teaches adults 18 years and older how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among youth.


With this class adults will feel more confident in providing support to youth. 


Free. Pre-registration required. Registration ends 5/26/2023 8:59 PM




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Youth Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized skills-based training that teaches adults (age 18 and up) how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance-use challenges in youth. The interactive training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

There are two zoom classes available– Adult and Youth.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid 5.5 hours class is best for parents, family members, caregivers, school staff, and people who are working with youth and want to learn how to help youth who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

From previous class participants:

What skills will you get from this training?

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental challenges in this age group
  • Practical skills to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a child or adolescent in distress or crisis
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as listening non-judgmentally and communication skills
  • Understanding on how culture plays a role in recognizing mental health challenges and encouraging to reach out for help
  • Mastering how to use ALGEE, the 5-step action plan in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help – professional and self-help resources
  • Creating your own self-care plan

Please note: You need to complete a 2-hour long pre-work prior to the zoom class. The pre-work includes a great slide presentation and videos.

About the Instructor:

Danit Erlich, Ph.D. is a mental health and wellness educator. She has taught mental health, suicide prevention, resilience and self-care to hundreds of adults and teens in various organizations and companies across Washington State.

During the trainings, Danit highlights the importance of cultural awareness and cultural humility and encourages participants to share about their culture.

Danit has a Ph.D. in Criminology, is a Certified Parent and Life Coach, Certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, and QPR Suicide Prevention instructor.

If you have questions, please contact Danit at danit@alwaysforward.coach


Meets virtually via Zoom, meeting link will be provided upon registration.