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No-Cost Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid Training for Schools and Community Organizations

Building Capacity to Support Youth Mental Health

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

For adults who regularly interact with young people.

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.

Upcoming Trainings for Individuals Working with Youth in NYS

NYS Schools or Organizations Who Want Information

Becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Interest

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Teen Mental Health First Aid

Coming Soon

For teens in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18.

teenMHFA empowers teens to take charge of their mental health and have the skills to talk to their peers about mental health and substance use challenges. It reviews common signs and symptoms related to mental health and substance use, the impact of violence, stigma, and bullying, and how to seek the help of an adult. Research supports that teenMHFA decreases stigma and increases teens’ confidence in talking about mental health issues.

To be considered for this project, leaders from high schools, organizations partnering with high schools, or youth-serving organizations should complete the interest form below.


The Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) has partnered with the New York State Office of Mental Health to expand Mental Health First Aid in school communities across New York State.

In Fall 2022, MHANYS School Mental Health Resource Center began its Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Across NYS project. The project works to bring YMHFA to adults in youth-facing roles connected to schools, PTAs, and community youth programs and build the capacity to deliver trainings across the state.

In Fall 2023, we are excited to expand our programming to include Teen Mental Health First Aid (teenMHFA)! This project will focus on building teenMHFA program capacity across NYS for teens ages 15-18.

Mental Health First Aiders

Increase Mental Health Literacy

Learn a 5-step Action Plan for Mental Health

Provide Help in Crisis and Non-Crisis Situations

Understand Where to Turn for Assistance

Learn about Mental Health First Aid and other Trainings at MHANYS