Safety and Injury Prevention

Youth Mental Health First Aid

COVID-19 Update

This class is now being offered virtually.

The virtual class is a free two-part series. The series includes a self-guided course and a live instructor-led course for the general public who regularly interact with adolescents 12 to 18. Youth Mental Health First Aid will improve your knowledge of mental health and substance use problems, and will teach you how to connect youth with care when needed.

Students will gain skills on how to help an adolescent in crisis or who is experiencing a mental health challenge. Similar to traditional first aid and CPR, mental health first aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis before they can get professional treatment or the crisis resolves.

In this class, students will learn about:

  • Common mental health challenges for youth
  • Adolescent development
  • How to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Disorders in which psychosis may occur
  • Available treatment options

Why We Are Offering This Class

Seattle Children’s recognizes that anyone can make a difference in the life of an adolescent struggling with mental health or substance use issues. We aim to provide tools and education to help people recognize signs of mental health challenges, and to support and respond to youth in distress.

We are able to offer this class from generous support from King County Behavioral Health, and Recovery Division and Chad’s Legacy Project.

Class Format

A virtual version of Youth Mental Health First Aid is now available. This class is modeled after in-person trainings. The virtual class is a two-part series that includes a self-guided course and a live instructor-led course.

The date you register for is the date of the live instructor-led course.

Part one

Part one of this class is self-guided. After registration, you will receive an email with a link for the self-guided course. This course must be completed before the date of the live class. The self-guided course takes an average of two hours to complete.

Part two

Part two of this class is live and instructor-led, and will include other registrants. It takes place virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Note: Due to funding restrictions, this training is only available to those who work or live in King County, Washington.

To find other Youth Mental Health First Aid classes offered near you, or for more information on this national, evidence-based training, visit the Youth Mental Health First Aid website.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Currently, as part of our response to COVID-19 and continued efforts to ensure families and visitors remain safe and healthy, all in person classes are being offered remotely via Zoom until further notice.

  • You can cancel a class or change to a new date up to 3 days before the class. Just sign in to your registration profile to change an existing registration.

    View space availability for upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid classes.

  • Yes, there is an option to waitlist yourself for a class during the registration process.

  • No. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a booklet to take home.