Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders among children and adolescents ages 12-18. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

  • Teachers
  • School Staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp Counselors
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Adults who work with youth
  • Parents
  • Community members
  • Caring individuals

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  • How to connect the youth with help
  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, substance use, self-care, and the impact of social media and bullying

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies



Training costs are being paid for by Community Mental Health of Central Michigan.

Training Location

  • Harrison Campus, Technical Education Center
  • Room 129

50% of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, 75% by the mid-20s.
- Archives of General Psychiatry

1 in 5 teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition.
- National Alliance for Mental Illness

10.2% of youth will be diagnosed with a substance use disorder in their lifetime.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid

Harrison Campus Technical Education Center
Mt. Pleasant Campus Morey Technical Education Center