Youth Mental Health First Aid


In 2015, the State Library was awarded an Outreach to Consumers grant award in the amount of $15,000 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. The funds were used to purchase approximately 100 seats for library staff to be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training enabled library staff members to deal calmly and effectively with customers who may be suffering from stress or mental health issues in their lives at no cost to them. Participants earned a Mental Health First Aid certificate at the end of the two-part program. Youth Mental Health First Aid training took place in the following libraries:

The eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid certification course was offered in two four-hour sessions.

YouthMentalHealthFirstAidUpcoming Training Sessions:

No upcoming sessions are scheduled at this time. As funding allows, the State Library plans to conduct future sessions. Check back for future updates!

Who should attend?

We encourage ALL library types and ALL types of library staff to apply. The purpose of this training is to provide New Jersey library staff with the tools they need to deal calmly and effectively with customers who may be suffering from stress or mental health issues in their lives. This encompasses both the quality of the service to the customers and providing support for the library staff members.

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.

Mental Health First Aid Training is provided by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey:  The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services. The vision of the MHANJ is a statewide community in which people with mental illnesses can achieve full potential, free from stigma and other barriers to care and recovery.



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Additional Information:

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN276201100003C, with the University of Pittsburgh.