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Virginia Academy of School Psychologists

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Virginia Department of Education Sponsored Program

Posted 3/1/16

Empower the whole school community for a more seamless safety net. Consider bringing a free Youth Mental Health First Aid course to your school or community. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8-hour evidence-based training program that teaches participants to recognize and respond to warning signs of mental health issues and crises in adolescents (ages 12-18) and teaches a 5-step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations. It is an interactive training with hands-on activities, role plays, and simulations. You can visit or see the attached flyer for more information about YMHFA.


The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) initiative sponsors FREE YMHFA trainings for schools and community organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Schedule a training for your school or division! Contact Ruth Saunders, Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, at or  804-827-2613. Please feel free to share this email with your administrator or supervisor.


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