Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
A young person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis, and YOU can help them!
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Youth Mental Health First Aid can help you save a young person experiencing a mental health-related crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), is a new evidence-based strategy from the National Council on Behavioral Health. YMHFA is an 8 hour certification course that teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people with signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, by de-escalating the situation, and connecting them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.
You Will Learn:
- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, addiction disorders, and suicide.
- A 5-step action plan to help a young person developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
- Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
Become a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.
No Cost. Nothing to Lose. So Much to Gain.
Upcoming Training Dates:*
Sacramento’s California Capital (CALCAP) Project AWARE Grant
ONTRACK Program Resources (ONTRACK) was recently awarded a Project AWARE grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings at NO COST to youth-servicing adults who have impact in 11 high priority zip codes in Sacramento County, during 2016-2018.
Additionally, this grant supports enhanced coordination of regional behavioral health referrals and services for youth. See the press release from Congresswoman Doris Matsui announcing the award.
The 11 priority Sacramento zip codes to be served by ONTRACK under the CALCAP–Project AWARE grant are:
95815 – Old North Sacramento, Woodlake
95821 – Del Paso Manor
95838 – Del Paso Heights
95841 – Belmont Estates
95814 – Downtown
95820 – Elmhurst, Tahoe Park, Oak Park
95824 – City Farms, Fruitridge Manor
95832 – Meadowview [in collaboration with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)]
*Click on the desired area (North, Downtown, South) to see the zipcodes we proudly serve.
If you belong to a qualified youth-serving organization or community group that serves any of the 11 high priority zip codes, you can request a group YMHFA training for 8-25 people, by contacting ONTRACK at (916) 285-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacramento CALCAP-Project AWARE will:
- Train and certify 550+ youth-serving adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) in 11 high need Sacramento neighborhoods
- Reduce disparities in mental health service referrals, access and outcomes for youth
- Increase mental health literacy, outreach, and intervention skills
- Strengthen systemic linkages and referral processes for youth and their families
- Improve collaborative partnerships that support effective, cross-system/agency coordination, to better serve our diverse young people