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The YMHFA trainings are available AT NO COST to adults (e.g., educators, parents, clergy, first responders, neighbors, etc.) who interact with adolescents in Georgia. Trainings can be conducted in English or Spanish as well as virtually online or in person. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 4.5- to 5-hour training that:

  • introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns in adolescents

  • builds understanding of the importance of early intervention

  • teaches individuals how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge and how to connect them to mental health clinicians

  • teaches participants strategies for de-escalating a crisis situation

  • uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess and respond to a mental health challenge and crisis

  • teaches participants how to select interventions and provide initial help to youth and their families

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If you or your organization is interested in attending or hosting a training or if would like to have a training conducted in Spanish, please contact Michelle Quintero at or fill out this form


Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 

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