Youth Mental Health First Aid empowers parents, educators, first-responders, and other caring adults with tools and strategies to create a safe and caring community where children and teens can grow and thrive.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Currently, there are just not enough available, qualified clinicians able to provide therapy to children and teens experiencing mental health challenges. To bridge this gap, 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…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. For most trainings, the instructor-led portion of the training is done via Zoom. Upon completion, you will be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

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, the Packard Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and others, AIM is able to offer the trainings for only $95 per trainee. If cost is a barrier, please let us know, and we’ll try to help.

AIM also offers trainings for groups of 12 or more at a time and place convenient for you. 

Click here to see the list of the organizations and groups whose teams have been trained by AIM. Email Margaret D’Arrigo at to schedule a group training.


October 11 and 12: Two evening sessions from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm PT

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Saturday, November 4: One session from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm PT

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Saturday, December 2: One session from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PT

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Saturday, January 12: One session from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PT

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Weds. February 7 & Thurs. February 8: Two sessions from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm PT

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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.

Interested in being a sponsor?

If you would like to sponsor this vital program with a tax-deductible donation please click here