Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches how to assess a mental health crisis, to provide help (just like a health first aider does),  and help connect youth to care, whether it be self-help, professional, peer support, etc. Youth Mental Health First Aid does not teach people to diagnose or to provide treatment. It is not a form of treatment or therapy. It can compliment what Youth and Family Support Partners do in High Fidelity Wraparound. There are so many youth who are in emotional pain, often leading to substance abuse, suicidal ideations/attempts, and other self-injurious behaviors. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a way to offer initial help and guidance.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) details for a PA System of Care Partnership county:

  • Training can accommodate 10 (minimum) to 30 (maximum) participants
  • The PA System of Care Partnership will provide the trainer, trainer travel costs and trainer hotel costs, if necessary

The PA System of Care Partnership asks the counties to provide the following:

  • Training room, LCD projector, screen and laptop with DVD capability
  • Coffee/tea for the morning and a working lunch or notice to "bring your own lunch"
  • Training venue
  • Guarantee of a 10-30 people

Please note SOC County funds can be used to cover the cost of the manuals, room rental, food/beverages, etc. 


In 2014, Pennsylvania ranked #2 in the top five states of people who have been trained (8/2/14):

  • California - 28,059
  • Pennsylvania - 16,885
  • Missouri - 15,480
  • Colorado - 11,471
  • Texas - 11,369


Allegheny HealthChoices will cover a light breakfast, a lunch, manuals and a resource list for any organizations in Alleghany County.

Please contact Pat Cambri at for additional information.