Eighteen Adults Certified Through JJAB Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Participants that were certified Saturday, March 11 in YMHFA, including trainer Kristine Coblentz, front row, far left gather at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo Courtesy JJAB


Los Alamos JJAB provided a course on Youth Mental Health First Aid on Saturday, March 11 during which 18 adults were certified.  

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, nationally recognized course designed for adults who work with youth, ages 10-18.  The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and provides information on how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness.  Additionally, the training covers a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations.

Los Alamos JJAB began offering Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in 2016 and has provided over 30 training classes locally.  Classes are free for all participants and are offered several times per year.  Upcoming classes and registration can be found at Upcoming Events – Los Alamos JJAB.  

Funding to provide the classes is made possible by the Northern New Mexico Health Grant through Con Alma Health Foundation.  

Los Alamos JJAB is a non-profit 501(3)(c) focusing on the needs of youth with an emphasis on reducing youth risk behaviors, facilitating positive youth development, and building resiliency.