Youth Mental Health First Aid

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Since October 2018, AZYP, partnered with Interfaith Community Services, has offered both youth and adult Mental Health First Aid training.

Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for anyone of at least 18 years of age who wants to learn how to help a person who is experiencing a mental health crisis or problem. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, psychosis and addictions.  

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an approved curriculum for the Arizona Department of Education required Suicide Prevention Training.

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Mental Health First Aid

Pima County
  • 90%+ participants feel more prepared to assist someone experiencing mental health challenges
  • 90% of participants feel able to identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • For scheduled trainings, please see our events page


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Youth Mental Health First Aid training September 8

08 Sep

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21 Jul

Youth Mental Health First Aid July 21

9:00am Virtual meeting

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18 May

Youth Mental Health First Aid May 18

8:00am Virtual meeting

Find out more, register at the link below for this fully virtual training

Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

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- Youth Mental Health First Aid is now virtual

As part of Prevention Week (May 15-20,2020)  several of our Coalition staff are interviewing people in the community. Friday, May 15th, 2020 is the day to focus on Preventing Suicide. MaryAnne Fout, Community Initiatives Team Leader, and facilitator of our Youth Mental Health First Aid program had the opportunity to sit down with Teri, who wished to share her family experience with suicide. National Suicide Hotline  (800) 273-8255Community-Wide Crisis Line …

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- Prevention Week 2020 #3

This lovely blog post was written by Joan M Silver, LMFT. "I was in Fry's this morning (still no toilet paper) and felt like I was in another realm of reality.  The bewilderment and determination on everyone's face along with the shared understanding glances was something I have never experienced in my lifetime.  Whatever you are feeling is "NORMAL"     Together we will get through this.     " WHAT TO EXPECT:…

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- Taking Care During This Unsettling Time

Mary Ann Fout (L), and Afton Foutz-Imtiaz (R) Meet  Afton Foutz-Imtaiz!  Afton is the 300th person in Pima County to be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  The training, which was hosted by the Marana Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,  marks the end of Arizona Youth Partnership's first year of Mental Health Awareness Training funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and…

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- Youth Mental Health First Aid reaches milestone! Julie Glass
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