Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a formal, nationally recognized training program that introduces adults to the distinct risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help youth who are in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. 

This training provides participants with the critical and life-saving skills to recognize when a student is experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis and to know what actions to take to get the student connected to the resources they need. 

LWSD Teachers and Staff Can Register for Free Training

If you are an LWSD staff member interested in participating in Youth Mental Health First Aid training, you can learn about upcoming training dates and register through the PLMS Cornerstone app. Click on “Learner Home”. In the search bar, search and click on “Youth Mental Health First Aid”. Follow the directions to register.

Learners will complete a 2-hour, self-paced class online, and then participate in two 2.5 hour live virtual sessions. Access to the internet is required.

Questions? Please contact Morgan Lipe at [email protected] or LWSD Student Services at [email protected]

Background

In 2018, Lake Washington Schools Foundation partnered with LWSD to begin offering Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training to the community, in response to an increase in the number of students experiencing mental health challenges and emergencies throughout our district, as well as a tragic incident involving the suicide of a local student.  

Beginning in December 2020, the Foundation expanded on the partnership with the district to begin offering the virtual version of the training directly to teachers and staff. 

Testimonials

As mental health concerns with students in our district continue to rise, YMHFA training is more important than ever. Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, this training has been offered twice monthly, resulting in 257 LWSD teachers and staff being fully trained by June 2022. 

I feel better equipped to help my students that are struggling with mental health issues.

I learned that there are many different types of mental illness and learned more about the signs and symptoms of suicide. I learned about different tools I can use, if needed.

I am very grateful and wish I had this training years ago.


– Feedback from LWSD teachers and staff after completing their training 

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