Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainings are now available for FREE* to individuals living and working in Bucks County
Sponsored through SAMSHA, for Bucks County “Now is the Time: Healthy Transitions” Grant, managed through the Bucks County LIFE program
WHAT IS YMHFA? “Mental Health First Aid™ is designed to give participants key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to provide clear guidelines to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Training in Mental Health First Aid™ builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy – being able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
WHAT DOES A YMHFA TRAINING LOOK LIKE? This one-day 8-hour evidence based training course may be accommodated to a 7.5 school day and can be split into two-day, 4 hour sessions. Trainings can be held on site at your location and are also held on various dates throughout Bucks County. Participants are certified as ‘Youth Mental Health First-Aiders’ for three years. Breakfast and materials for the YYMHFA training session are provided at no cost. The training may qualify for Act 48 (school systems).
ABOUT OUR YMHFA INSTRUCTORS: YMHFA instructors, dedicated members of our community who are passionate about this initiative, were trained and certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health, who manages the program across the US along with the states of Maryland and Missouri. YMHFA instructor are certified to teach the program to a variety of audiences, ranging from parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens.
HOW TO SCHEDULE A TRAINING: To bring this training to your location or to learn more about local trainings, you can reach out to the YMHFA contacts through the Bucks County LIFE program:
*Value of YMHFA training is $170, and is being offered for Free through the NITT grant
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