Youth Mental Health First Aid


May is Mental Health Month, and in recognition of the toll that the pandemic has taken on our students, SERAC is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate training to adults in Eastern Connecticut.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to the
unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health or substance use problems in adolescents,
builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches adults how to help a young person in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. An evidence-based training, Mental Health First Aid is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Participants will complete a two-step process:
a 2-hour self-paced online course (Step 1),
followed by a 6.5-hour, instructor-led class on Zoom (Step 2).
Step 1
Format: Self-paced online class, approximately 2 hours
 Step 2
Format: Live, instructor-led virtual class (6.5 hours)
Date: Thursday, May 20, 9:00AM-3:30PM:
Contact Valerie English Cooper, at, if you have questions. For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, visit ­­­w­­­­ This certificate training is funded by SERAC, (Supporting and Engaging Resources for Action and Change), Southeast Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Action Organization (Region 3).

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