The YMHFA course is designed for adults who work with youth, ages 12-18. The youth program teaches signs and symptoms of emerging mental health problems and how to differentiate potential problems from typical adolescent development.

Mental Health First Aid® is a public education national certification course. Participants learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health challenge or crisis, to identify community resources, and to link individuals in need of support to appropriate care. This skills-based course includes a 5-step action plan which can be used in various types of crisis and non-crisis situations.

In collaboration with the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign, Mental Health First Aid Maryland is offering YMHFA training opportunities around Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 1-7, 2022. Please see details below:

  • YMHFA Community Class on May 4th, register for free (or provide payment to support future scholarships/classes).
  • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training, April 19-21, 2022 (Cost $1500, there is no grant funding available for this course)
  • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training, May 17-19, 2022 (There is grant funding available for this course. Grant funding can be requested in the application)

Baltimore City Mental Health First Aid Opportunities

All of these courses are free of cost for individuals who live/work in Baltimore City, through partnership with Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Seats are limited, register now!

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid



Not sure familiar with YMHFA? It’s also known as Mental Health First Aid for Adults Assisting Youth.

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