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Youth Mental Health First Aid

We all know how important first aid is, but did you know that there's a "first aid" you can learn to help adolescents who are struggling with their mental health?

Youth Mental Health First Aid, or YMHFA, is a course designed to teach adults how to identify, understand and respond to mental health and substance use challenges faced by young people.

The course covers a wide-range of mental health topics affecting kids between the ages of 6 and 18 and teaches a 5-step action plan on what you can do to help them.

Sign up today to get certified.


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.

A Few Details

It's easy to get certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. 


You can complete Youth Mental Health First Aid in around 6-8 hours.


We offer Youth Mental Health First Aid in-person and virtually through Zoom.



Each of our training courses is 100% free. Told you it was easy.

Why you should get Certified

Getting certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid is about more than walking away with a certificate. It demonstrates your commitment to helping others.

1 in 5

teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition.


of youth will be diagnosed with a substance use disorder in their lifetime


of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by the mid-20s.

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got more questions about Youth Mental Health First Aid and we've got answers. Learn more about the training course below.

  • What will I learn in It's Time to Talk about it!?
    Learn how to identify risk: You will learn the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and be able to differentiate between warning signs and risk factors. Learn to talk about suicide: You will learn strategies to approach and communicate with young people about suicide. You will also learn to ask the suicide question. Learn how to support a young person in need: You will learn how to build a safety net for at-risk youth, ways to promote strengths and resiliency or protective factors, and learn about resources that can help. Build the confidence to do 1-3: Research supports that those who take the ITTAI training feel more prepared to deal with such a tough topic and are more likely to begin a conversation about suicide.
  • What delivery options do you provide?
    Talkable Communities provides It's Time to Talk about it! in the in-person and virtual delivery modalities.
  • How long does It's Time to Talk about it! take to complete?
    Both the in-person and virtual delivery options take just under 2 hours to complete.
  • Where do you host It's Time to Talk about it! courses?
    We provide in-person It's Time to Talk about it! in Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. Our virtual courses can be attended by anyone in the world.
  • Who should take It's Time to Talk about it!?
    It's time to Talk about it! is specifically designed for parents, family members, and care givers but open to anyone that loves or cares for a young person. Parents Family Members Care Givers Teachers & School Staff Camp Counselors Pastors Youth Group Leaders Health and Human Services Workers Peers Neighbors Other Caring Citizens
  • How do I request a private It's Time to Talk about it! training?
    You may request a private training using the 'Private Training Request' form below. Talkable Communities is able to accommodate private in-person trainings in Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau, St. Johns and some of the surrounding counties. We are able to accommodate private virtual trainings for anyone in the world. Private trainings can accommodate up to 50 learners and we require at least 15 to fulfill a private training request. Private trainings are subject to trainer availability. We do our best to accommodate all requests. For in-person private training courses, the hosting individual/organization will be required to provide a training room to accommodate all learners and with access to technology (Large TV w/HDMI cord or Projector with speakers).

Request a Private Training

Please use the form below to request a private Youth MHFA training. For more information on private training requests, please consult the FAQs above.

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