Youth Mental Health First Aid - Children's Home Association of Illinois
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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is provided free of charge thanks to a grant from United Way. Up to 7 CEUs can be earned for participating in this training. Youth Mental Health Aid Cources are open to everyone in the community - the more people who are trained to deal with kids and adults in crisis the better!


Learning Objectives for 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide or is struggling with substance abuse.


Youth Mental Health First Aid certification teaches participants to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help a young person in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in youth within the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help a young person with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
  • Assess their own views and feelings about youth mental health problems and disorders.


Following Training Dates:

Mental Health First Aid (for adults): March 5, 2018 and November 12, 2018
YMHFA for the remaining dates:
June 12, 2018
August 1, 2018
October 8, 2018
January 21, 2019
February 18, 2019
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If you would like to schedule a training for your staff or you would like to attend one of our listed trainings, please contact Lisa Sheehan at

Children's Home Association of Illinois
Administration Building
2130 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 685-1047
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