Safety and Injury Prevention

Youth Mental Health First Aid

To minimize the unintentional spread of COVID-19, many classes at Seattle Children’s locations have been postponed. If you are unsure about the status of your class, please contact the class organizer.

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.

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