Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course

Teenager looking at a computer screen

What are the warning signs of a teen or young person in crisis?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification course through the National Council of Behavioral Health that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help adolescents in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select intervention, provide initial help,and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help. The Jewish Education Project will provide Jewish framing, risk and protective factors embedded in our own communities, and all scenarios will be applicable to those working in Jewish Youth settings.

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.

This is a certificate program. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling- rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.

The $40 ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as your manual (valued at $150 per person). 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Jewish Education Project
520 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York City

Monday, December 9, 2019
The Suffolk Y
74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Ruberg.


This is part of the YouTHrive series of workshops, designed to help Jewish educators understand their role in helping youth grow into thriving young adults.