Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

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. This class is for adults working with youths.


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

Who Should Take This Class?

  • Teachers
  • School Staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp Counselors
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Parents
  • People who work with youth

Why are we offering this class?

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.  For more information on this class, visit the Youth Mental Health First Aid Website

Food:  We will be providing water and snacks on campus. Please remember to bring your own lunch items.


November 15, 2019 8:00am – 4:00pm - Mary BridgeDecember 2, 2019 8:00am – 4:00pm - Mary Bridge


I am 18 or older*


Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center 
November 15, 2019 (Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm)
December 2, 2019 (Monday 8:00am – 4:00pm)
311 S L Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
(Training Room: Mary Bridge Brigade Room)

Mary Bridge Driving Directions:

From I-5, take the City Center exit onto I-705. Follow directions to 705 North/Schuster Parkway, exiting on Stadium Way. Turn right onto Stadium Way. Follow approximately 1/2 mile, turning left onto Division Avenue. Continue on Division for five blocks. Turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Turn right after the cross walk by Tacoma General/Mary Bridge Hospital. Parking garage is labeled P1.

Administration phone is 253.403.1420.
Please check in at the front desk lobby and they will direct you to the Mary Bridge Brigade Training Room.

Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center – Brigade Room
From the main entrance to the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center, which is located at 311 S ‘L’ St, you will then follow the signs to the East Wing elevator. You’ll then take the elevator to the basement. Exit to the right out of the elevator and take the first hall to the right. The Mary Bridge Brigade Rooms are the first 3 rooms on the right.

Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center