Supporting our teens and their mental health is of primary importance to us.

All Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training sessions are free. We offer them online or in-person.

YMHFA is designed to teach youth professionals, parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12–18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis.

Training begins with a 2-hour self-paced program, that you can do online at your leisure. Participants in the training need to have completed this 2-hour training before joining the virtual program. The virtual training lasts for 5 hours and will happen on a certain day and time, with other classmates in the program. After you complete the 7 hours of training, you will become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Thursday, March 9 and Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (VIRTUAL)
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM (IN-PERSON) at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303*
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (IN-PERSON) at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

*To register for the March 23 training, please contact Deb Massey at deb@jewishlearning.works.

Unable to Attend a Training?

We can plan and schedule a free Youth Mental Health First Aid training for your staff team. For more information, please contact Jenni Mangel.

In the meantime, we recommend visiting Here-Now, a website filled with resources, classes, and articles to help us all better support our teens’ mental health.