What will Youth MHFA participants learn?

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance abuse disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor do they learn how to provide any therapy or counseling. Rather, participants learn a core, five-step action plan to support an adolescent in crisis. The action plan includes the following steps:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies