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.

This 8-hour class is 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. This class costs $20 (includes class materials and lunch).

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
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Available treatment options

For more information on this national, evidence-based training, visit the Youth Mental Health First Aid website.

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.

Free Virtual Class Now Available

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, instructor-led and will include other registrants. It will take place virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register for the Virtual Class

View Upcoming Classes and Register Online

Due to COVID-19, all in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are indefinitely postponed. When in-person classes resume, there will be instructions on how to register.

Note: This class tends to fill quickly. We recommend that you check back weekly for newly added classes. You are welcome to add yourself to the waitlist for any listed class. To add yourself to the waitlist, go through the registration process and select the class date that you would like to be waitlisted for.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are held in Seattle at the Sand Point Learning Center, 5801 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Free parking is available.

  • Class hours are typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (30 minute lunch included).

  • Yes. There is a vegetarian and meat option available for lunch. If you have any strict dietary restrictions or allergies, please bring your own lunch. Water and coffee will also be provided. We encourage you to bring snacks for the day.

  • We make every effort to avoid cancelling classes. In the event of a cancellation, we notify the class via email as early as possible, which is generally the morning of class. In addition, we will call the phone number you provided during registration. Registration staff will then email you within 1 week after the cancelled class to reschedule or issue a refund.

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

    Class change fees

    • At least 4 days before class: $10 fee
    • 3 days before class: no refund (registration closed)

    Class cancellation fees

    • At least 1 week before class: $10 fee
    • 4 to 6 days before class: $15 fee
    • 3 days before class: no refund (registration closed)

    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. We use a third-party registration system, RegOnline, which requires that all payments go through their secure online payment system. This system confirms and protects your payment and guarantees that we receive funds securely.

  • Scholarships are available as needed. Please contact Seattle Children’s registration line at 206-987-9878.

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