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Mental Health First Aid in Schools

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that introduces adults to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

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Why Mental Health Matters in Schools

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 10-14.
1 in 5
One in five children aged 13-18 (22 percent) will experience a severe mental health disorder at some point during their life.
More than 37 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

How Youth Mental Health First Aid Can Help in Schools

Reduces stigma
Teaches risk factors and warning signs for a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents.
Prepares educators to recognize and respond to mental health and substance use challenges in their students.
Provides educators an action plan to support students experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.

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To read more about how Mental Health First Aid is helping critical populations,
check out our case studies , or read our blog and filter by population type.

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