Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help youths experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

One half of all people who will ever experience a mental disorder do so before the age of 14. With YMHFA, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, as well as the action plan, ALGEE, to help direct youths to appropriate professional care. Anyone can take the course, but it extremely beneficial to those how have contact with youths (ages 12-18).

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Questions? Contact Kat Werner at


Weatherly Health Career Club Career Day @ Gnaden Heutten Hospital on 3/1/16
YMHFA training @ Audriended High School in Philadelphia on 1/29/16
YMHFA training @ Audriended High School in Philadelphia on 1/29/16


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

(Dates available in February, March, April and May)

Click HERE for more information about Training in Reading

Click HERE for more information about Training in Allentown and Tamaqua

Registration form for all trainings

Additional Resources:

Anxiety Disorders
Visit the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

Behavior Disorders
Visit NICHCY’s Behavior suite for a detailed list of resources and organizations addressing behavior disorders and concerns.

Bipolar Disorders
Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF).

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
Toll-free number: (800) 826-3632


Youth Suicide Prevention Program

A Parent’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Your Child

National Association of School Nurses

Depression in Children and Adolescence Guidelines for School Practice

Dually Diagnosed: Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities
The National Association for Dually Diagnosed (NADD) focuses upon the needs and issues of individuals who have both mental illness and cognitive impairments or intellectual disabilities, and the professionals and families who share concern for these individuals.

Eating Disorders
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) works to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.

OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (OCF) is for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For more info and assistance on PTSD, you’ll want to visit the Gateway to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Information.

Self Harm/Injury

RC Psych

This leaflet is for anyone who wants to know more about self-harm, particularly anyone who is harming themselves, or feels that they might. 

School Psychology Services

Questions and Answers on Self-Injury: Tips for Teachers


Provides self harm factsheets, leaflets, ebooks, and print-outs

Substance Abuse/Addiction
This service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number and more than 600 publications

Additional Resources: provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
NAMI calls itself the “Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness” and is an invaluable source of information on the subject. In addition to the mountain of info you’ll find on NAMI’s site, you can also connect with state and local NAMI chapters.

Mental Health America.
NMHA addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Delve into their online resources about mental issues and identify NMHA affiliates in your area.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
At the link below, you can find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, current research, practice guidelines, and managed care information, among other things.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
AAP has created the family-friendly site called Healthy Children, where you can find a wealth of information about emotional problems in children.

Mental Help Net.
A vast amount of info here on specific mental disorders, mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns.

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
The Federation has state and local chapters you can identify at:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Another very rich resource. At NIMH, you’ll find health info on a very wide range of mental health disorders; all about different medications; and the latest info on clinical trials and research. Find all this—and publications in English and Spanish—at: