Mental Health

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 and half of all mental health problems begin by age 14.  With one in five youth experiencing mental health and substance use problems, but less than on third of them accessing treatment, early intervention and support of young people experiencing emotional and substance use challenges is critical within school settings.

Studies demonstrate that early detection and treatment of mental health and substance use problems in adolescents can make a difference in not only emotional wellness, but also in their academic success.  Teachers and support staff need the appropriate tools to engage students who might be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis just as they would be trained to address physical health emergencies.

Every day, schools and youth programs across the country are making a difference in the lives of millions of adolescents because they have equipped their staff with skills learned in Youth Mental Health First Aid®

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer (PDF)

Youth Mental Health First Aid program offered

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?  Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program focused on equipping adults who work with youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or in a crisis.  After attending participants will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider for three years.  

You will learn:

  • The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder.
  • Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling.
  • Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis
  • Mental Health First Aid uses role-laying and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care.

This course is designed for adults whom regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction.  Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth - teachers,athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals - may find the couse content useful.  The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement and the general public.  

The program will be offered on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Regional Hospital, 54 Hospital Drive, Osage Beach.  Program will be held on the third floor Conference Room A/B.  Cost is $25 (which includes a light breakfast, lunch, workbook and certification).  CEUs are available.  Pre-registration is required by Thursday, February 28.  For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or email

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer (PDF)