ymhfa-youth mental health first aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The 8 hour certification course also builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. YMHFA is an evidence-based, nationally recognized program that has received wide scale support from both the White House and bi-partisan members of Congress. 

 YMHFA is designed to help you identify, understand, and respond to signs that a young

person may be experiencing a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge by:

• Teaching the unique risk factors and warning signs common among adolescents
• Building an understanding of the importance of early intervention
• Introducing the tools to employ a 5-Step Action Plan, designed to equip you with the

knowledge to help adolescents in crisis and/or non-crisis situations

the harris project founder Stephanie Marquesano is a certified YMHFA instructor and is part of the Hudson Valley YMHFA Learning Collaborative. If you are an elementary, middle, high school administrator or educator, in law enforcement, a clergy member, coach or community leader who regularly interacts with young people or you are a member of your college or university’s professional or student residence life, peer-to-peer training, sports, campus organization and/or orientation staff and are interested in bringing the YMHFA certification course to your group, contact stephanie at 914.980.6112 or at theharrisproject@aol.com. stephanie also offer free YMHFA training to all high school students (age 16 and older) together with select staff as part of  CODA Clubs.


 the harris project raises awareness, works to end stigma, and empowers all of us to make a difference.