Engaging parents, educators, first-responders, and other caring adults to create a community-wide “Safe Holding Place” for youth struggling with their mental health.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Currently, there is a dearth of available, qualified clinicians who are trained to identify and work with youth experiencing mental health crises. To address this, AIM is partnering with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing to provide “Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification” for caring adults – parents, teachers, counselors, first responders, health care providers, coaches, and you. The #1 protective factor in youth mental health is a trusted adult.  You can be that trusted adult who is trained with skills and knowledge about what to do and what to say.

The seven-hour course starts with two hours of self-paced, online course work that you can do anytime followed by five hours of instructor-led training. Currently, the instructor-led portion of the training is done via Zoom. Upon completion, you will be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

AIM also offers trainings for groups of 10 or more at a time and place convenient for you.

The training introduces common mental health challenges for youth and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations; among the topics covered are anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders including ADHD, and eating disorders.

The normal cost for the training is $170 per trainee, but, thanks to grant funding from the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the Harden Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and others, AIM is able to offer the trainings for only $85 per trainee. We are also able to provide additional financial support to those who live and work with youth in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Email us at to learn about financial assistance and to schedule a group training.


November Training: One Session Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm PT


December Training: Two Sessions Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm PT


Be Body Positive:  Join us for an in-person training focusing on strategies for families to support teens and young adults with eating disorders. Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 4 pm at Carmel High School Auditorium.

Learn More
Watch this video to learn why you should get trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid:

Become part of the solution

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, issued a report and call to action focused on the mental health crisis faced by our nation’s children, teens, and young adults. “The challenges today’s generation of young people face are unprecedented and uniquely hard to navigate,” he wrote. “And the effect these challenges have had on their mental health is devastating.”

The urgency of the Surgeon General’s call to action is underscored by 2020 data:

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens
  • 30% of teen girls suffer from anxiety
  • 14% of teens have had a major depressive episode
  • 60% of youth with depression did not receive treatment 

By getting trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid, you can become part of the solution.

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