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An Overview

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course 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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Our Task Force is fortunate to have co-chairs that are the only two Youth Mental Health First Aid trainers in Dare County.

Training opportunities can be scheduled for any type of groups for little to no cost.

How Youth Mental Health First Aid Helps

Informs adults about common mental health concerns among youth.

Reduces stigma related to Behavioral Health.

Provides adults with skills to help a youth who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis.

Teaches adults how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use problems in youth.


Kelly Nettnin Fleming
252.475.5036 |

Why Mental Health First Aid for Youth Matters

1 IN 5

One in five youth will experience a mental health challenge at some point during their life.

17.1 M

17.1 million youth under the age of 18 have or have had a psychiatric disorder – more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.


7.4% of children in the United States have a mental health visit in a given year.

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