Youth Mental Health First Aid Training


The training I received from the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training was invaluable. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable, organized, funny (when appropriate), and they packed our brains with tremendously important and interesting facts. Included in the training were a lot of interactive role playing and hands on activities that were super helpful. The day went fast and I left feeling like I had the tools I would need if I encounter a youth or an adult in a crisis situation. Thank you VARSA for bringing such an important training to our community. I wish that everyone could get this training, regardless of whether you work with youth or not. The information you will acquire at this training is crucial for everyone!

Laura Wheeler, Training Participant

Thursday May 18 AND Tuesday May 23, 2017



Location: Vashon Island School District Offices
FREE, includes food. and clock hours available.

Facilitated by Woody Pollock

Pre-registration required

Who should attend: Families, parents, guardians, community members, community coalitions, youth groups, civic leaders, youth probation officers, youth employers, after-school & summer program staff, and spiritual organizations.

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.

The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

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.