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Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid


January 1, 2023



Youth Mental Health First Aid

One in five American youth experiences a serious mental health challenge each year.

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin prior to age 14. You can help someone get the help they need—you may even save a life—by simply asking, “Is everything okay?”

Youth Mental Health First Aid in Topeka (YMHFA) can help people who work with children and teens recognize what to do in a time of crisis.

What is YMHFA?

MHFA is a free training that teaches members of the community how to help someone who may be developing or has a mental illness or who is in crisis.

YMHFA teaches you:

Signs of mental illnesses

  • The impact of mental illness
  • A simple five-step action plan to assess a situation and help
  • Local resources and where to turn for help

We offer this class at no charge as a community services. The class can be offered in-person (8 hours), virtually (2 hours of self-paced earning and 5.5 hours of facilitator-led virtual training) or blended (2 hours of self-paced online learning and 4.5 hours of in-person training).

To learn more or to enroll in an upcoming MHFA class, contact or 785.232.7902. You must be enrolled in advance to be admitted into the classroom.

If you’re interested in scheduling or enrolling in a Mental Health First Aid class that focuses on helping adults, e-mail