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Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

July 27 - 31, 2015                                         Click Here to download the application
Casper, Wyoming

The application period has ended for this course. The class is full. You may still submit an application and will be added to the Wait List.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

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. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

What will this course provide?

This course is a forty-hour YMHFA Instructor Course. You will gain the skills to teach community based 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. You will be expected to provide the course in your community at least three times during the upcoming year.

How do I apply?

 Click Here  to download the YMHFA Instructor Application in Word

CE's: PTSB (2) credits are available.  We have not applied for POST credits but can upon request.

What will my community gain when I return home and teach the 8-hour courses?

The evidence behind the program demonstrates that this approach reduces the social isolation created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illness. Individuals trained as Mental Health First Aiders will expand their mental health literacy; as well as better identify, understand, and helpfully respond to signs of mental illness. This process will benefit your community. Youth Mental Health First Aid is also a recommended by the Wyoming School Safety and Security Task Force to support school emergency and crisis response capacity.

Who should plan to attend?

This course is intended for school personnel, staff of youth serving agencies, and those who regularly interact with schools and youth serving agencies. If you have the resources and desire to help others learn YMHFA, please consider applying.

What are the key dates?

- Applications are due by July 7, 2015
- Confirmations will be sent by July 10, 2015
- Course dates: July 27 - 31, 2015
(8:30 – 5:00 on July 27 – 30; 8:30 – 1:00 on July 31)

(If you are already an Adult MHFA instructor and want to add the Youth training, please contact us about attending only the first 2.5 days)

How much does the Instructor Course cost?

If you are accepted to the course and a Wyoming resident, your tuition will be provided at no cost. Lunch is provided Monday – Thursday. This is a $1,300 - $2,000 value for each instructor. All travel, incidental, hotel, time, other meals, and other costs are your responsibility. Your employer may be able to help you with these costs.

Where do I get more information about YMHFA?

(Note: please do not submit the online application for the Wyoming course. Instead, Click Here to download the Wyoming application.)

Who do I contact for more information?
Janet Jares, Recovery Supports Specialist
Behavioral Health Division / Wyoming Department of Health
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 220 / Cheyenne, WY 82009
(307) 777-8515 / 1-800-535-4006 / fax: (307) 777-5849 /

Application submission directions:

The class is full. You may still submit an application and be added to the Wait List.

Please return your completed application to Janet Jares via email at, fax at (307) 777-5849, or mail: 6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 220, Cheyenne, WY 82002. A confirmation will be sent when applications are received. Please contact Ms. Jares if you intend to apply to see if seats are available. Acceptance to the course will be confirmed via email.