HOW CAN WE HELP
Next Level Mental Health can provide your school, camp, church or other youth-oriented organization with training that will put the tools in your hands to save students’ lives. We offer face-to-face training for groups of any size on how to recognize and act on red flag behaviors in students.
We know that everyone who interacts with students on a daily basis has the capability to see and identify mental health behaviors in students. We want to help you know WHAT signs to look for and HOW to help get students the assistance they need.
youth mental health first aid
of youth with major
depression do not
receive any mental
1 in 5
teens & young adults
lives with a mental
of youth report having
a substance use or
why youth mental health first aid?
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
who should take it
- School staff
- Camp counselors
- Youth group leaders
- People who work with youth
what it covers
- Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, & attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
- How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
- How to connect the adolescent with help.
the course will teach you how to apply the algee action plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
“As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way — or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says, ‘How can I be helpful?’ that is a powerful question.”
-Alyssa Fruchtenicht, School-based Mental Health Counselor