Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid helps you assist adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 6-18. The Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum teaches a five-step plan to address common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges, how to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis, and how to connect the youth with help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with youth, such as school resource officers and educators.


  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Substance use
  • Disorders in which psychosis may occur
  • Disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD)
  • Eating disorders

This eight-hour training is FREE to any requesting school/school district in the State.
To request this training in your school or school district, contact:
Vicki French, ACSS Coordinator • 501-570-8098 • [email protected]



August 9 • Greene County Tech School District (Paragould)

August 12 • Arkansas River Education Cooperative (Pine Bluff)

October 7 • Southeast Educational Cooperative (Monticello)

November 17 • Great Rivers Education Cooperative (Helena)

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