RHA Partnering to Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training March 23

On March 23, RHA Behavioral Health will co-host “Youth Mental Health First Aid Training” in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Kellin Foundation. Blair Hedgecock, Behavioral Health Director with RHA Health Services, and Kristin Cheshire, Clinical Team Lead with the Kellin Foundation will lead the 8-hour course, which takes place at the Public Safety Training Facility in Greensboro.

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 (12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What will the course cover?

  • 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 to help.


This course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgementally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Who should take it?

  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp counselors
  • Youth group leaders
  • Parents
  • People who work with youth

Want to take the course?