Youth Training for Adults


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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid 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.

Upcoming Trainings 

Community Training: August 1, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST


“As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way – or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says, ‘How can I be helpful?’ that is a powerful question.” –Alyssa Fruchtenicht, School-Based Mental Health Counselor

The course taught me how to get students the help they need, especially in an emergency." –Tori Wardrip, Art Teacher, Lewis and Clark Middle School(via Mindshift)

"I just wanted to thank you for that training and the confidence it gave me to actual approach her [person in crisis]. I don’t think I would have done that had I not had the training.” -Anonymous 

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Read more about Youth and teen Mental Health First Aid 

"Faculty voice: Mental Health First Aid for teens and youth", Kea Norrill-Aitch

"Managing Youth Stress", Kea Norrill-Aitch & Janelle Stewart  

"MSU Extension prioritizes mental health and mindfulness for Michigan youth", Jaime Wilson

Youth Mental Health First Aid Application

May 20, 2021

There are two options for applying for Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. You can click the electronic document below and fill out our form or you can print application to fill out and return via email to Kea Norrell-Aitch at