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Youth Mental Health First Aid

When you use the skills you learn in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), you are the first line of support for a child or youth in need. You are there to help them feel less distressed and you can be a vital resource in helping them seek further assistance. Your body language, what you say, and how well you listen can have a powerful impact. The quality and type of support you offer through listening can enhance coping and self-esteem. With an accurate view of mental health challenges and using a strengths-based holistic perspective, you can help children and youth help themselves. You can also be an advocate, empower your community, and improve self-care. As a Youth Mental Health First Aider, you can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health challenge. Your actions can be a first step in a youth’s recovery journey.