Youth Mental Health First Aid

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.

Youth MHFA logoYou 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:*

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training
Cost: FREE

Date: June 16, 2018
Location: City of Sac, Parks & Rec
Time: Typically 8:00am – 5:00pm
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training
Cost: FREE

Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Fades4Grades
Time: 8:00 – 4:30
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training
Cost: FREE

Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Fades4Grades
Time: 8:00 – 4:30

*Additional YMHFA training dates will be added as they become available. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.



Racially, these are trying times that weigh on our hearts, minds, and spirits and coming together in community can provide some sense of safety in this increasingly hostile world. For Black people in particular, incident after incident, including the recent killing of Stephon Clark can cause race-based trauma and stress (having trouble sleeping? feeling anxious? angry?) If you identify as a person of African ancestry and have been impacted by the recent police shooting, please register for this free event at:

It will be a safe space in which Black people can share our feelings, concerns, fears, and hopes; understand root causes of our challenges; and work on personal and community healing. Circle facilitators will include African American Mental Health Providers, Community Advocates and Faith Leaders from Unity of Sacramento and Sac ACT.

To learn more contact Dr. Kristee Haggins  or (916) 397-3939.


YMHFA Resource List updated 3.20.18



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 CALCAPProject AWARE grant are:

95660 – North Highlands
95815 – Old North Sacramento, Woodlake
95821 – Del Paso Manor
95838 – Del Paso Heights
95841 – Belmont Estates
95811 – Richards, Alkali Flats, Mansion Flats, Midtown, Richmond Grove, Southside Park
95814 – Downtown
95817 – Oak Park
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



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
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OnTrack Program Services YMHFA


ONTRACK PROGRAM RESOURCES also offers Adult Mental Health First Aid Training.  Call 916-285-1810 for more information about how to enroll.