Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Thursday January 25th, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
Friday January 26th, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Problems are more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans is estimated to have a diagnosable mental disorder such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse in any given year, including 13.7 million children. Of those children only a third get help from formal mental health or substance abuse services.

Youth mental health first aid is an 8 hour training course designed to teach people methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental crisis. This training event is being offered to school and/or agency teams to ensure ample support is available to students. Suggested team members are listed below.


Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

School and/or agency teams which may include: educators, administrators, school volunteers, social workers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, and family members

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tom Wolf, Governor


  • PaTTAN - Pittsburgh

Event Type

  • Inservices/workshops

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (8 hours)

Registration Contact

Kristen Olszyk,, 800-446-5607 x6848

Content Contact

Dona Alvino,, 800-446-5607 x6870

Topics Covered

Behavior, Leadership


  • PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Other Dates

  • Thursday February 22nd, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM
  • Thursday March 22nd, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Friday March 23rd, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Wednesday April 11th, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM
  • Thursday May 17th, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM

Additional Information

*Target Audience:* This training is only open to LEA school-based teams consisting of FIVE members. LEAs are public, private, approved private and Charter schools. The five team members must include one or more of the following: classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, social services staff, bus drivers, volunteers, paraprofessional and/or family members. Other professionals such as substance abuse professionals, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, and nurses may be included as part of the team, but should not serve as the majority of the team as this training is considered introductory and does not inform advanced skills/strategies. *Registration Information:* Registration is NOT available on-line. To register, interested participants should contact: Pittsburgh - Kristen Olszyk, 800-446-5607 ext. 6848 or " (Kristen Olszyk)" or Dona Alvino, 800-446-5607 x6870 or " (Dona Alvino)" Harrisburg - Kelly Kapp, 717-901-2271 or " (Kelly Kapp)" or Nikole Hollins, 717-901-2283 or " (Nikole Hollins)" King of Prussia - Debra Jordan, 800-441-3215 x7224 or " (Debra Jordan)" or Amy Smith, 610-265-7321 x7262 or " (Amy Smith)"