MHA KY Youth Mental Health First Aid

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a training program for adults who work with, volunteer with, or even live with youth ages 6-18.


Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program designed to help community members identify and assist in mental health issues that friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors are experiencing.

What will I learn?

You will learn all the steps of ALGEE and how to apply them.


Signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in youth are different than those in adults, and we’ll talk about those differences.


​Resources are also different for youth, and you’ll learn where the professionals are in your community who can help in many situations.


Most importantly, you’ll learn to be a “noticer” – someone who notices changes in behavior and is comfortable reaching out and offering appropriate support.

How much time does it take?

The training involves 2 hours of self-directed, online pre-work and approximately 5 hours of instructor-led Zoom training. Once the pandemic is over, an in-person option for that 5 hours will be possible.

How much does it cost?

This course is offered to residents of and employees in Kentucky for $40 and those outside of Kentucky for $50. Course costs have been reduced from the expected rate of $175.


To apply for a course scholarship, please email Marcie Timmerman with MHFA SCHOLARSHIP as the subject line. A limited number of scholarships are available from the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities via SAMHSA.

How do I register?

We’ve made it easier to register! Click on the link embedded by the date of the course you’d like to sign up for. All trainings are VIRTUAL until or unless otherwise noted. Participants are required to have enough bandwidth to use the Zoom interface, must be able to be visible via web camera and utilize a microphone.


We have not certified CEUs in Kentucky, but most medical boards and even some professional boards have been known to accept this training toward continuing education hours. If you have questions regarding CEUs or experience problems with registration, please don’t hesitate to email us.

Have a group that would like to be trained together?

Contact Marcie Timmerman.

2023 Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses

May 8: Virtual Youth

June 29: Virtual Youth

July 14: Virtual Youth

October 11: Virtual Youth

November 30: Virtual Youth

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 7 hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (age 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them with the appropriate care.

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Mental Illnesses are brain-based conditions that affect thinking, emotions, and behaviors. Since we all have brains – having some kind of mental health problem during your life is really common. No matter what kind of mental health problem someone is facing, it is always possible to get better. If you think you’re experiencing a mental illness, try to find any kind of support earlier than later. Like other illness, treating mental illnesses early can help you get better faster.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you! We are available via phone, text, and email most weekdays. Please call 859.684.7778 or email if you have urgent questions that are not covered here at this time!

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