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May 30, 2013
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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Event, Manhattan Community Event

Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce the Spring Series of the

2013 New York State Training Institute

For agencies providing services to runaway/homeless youth and their families
Funding for this training is made possible by a grant by a Rescue and Restore Grant from Department of Health and Human Services
Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ helps those youth experiencing mental health issues before they can get professional help and support

This Youth Mental Health First Aid USA training course is designed to certify individuals to use methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.  Participants will learn to recognize common symptoms of many health disorders. Runaway, Homeless and Street-Involved Youth (RHY) have a higher risk for mental health conditions, as do youth who have been trafficked. With the continued increase of limited resources for RHY, professionals serving disenfranchised youth are being challenged to think outside the box.

The National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare has been working with communities throughout the nation, including Empire State Coalition to implement Youth Mental Health First Aid to arm youth workers with skills to help young people who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist, understand and respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis and the signs of mental illness.  Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit

To become certified in Mental Health First Aid, attendance of the full day is required.


Registration Information

No Registration Fee! 
Registration Due: Friday, May 24
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