Youth Mental Health First Aid

Tuition:        No Cost

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division, is providing a one (1) day, nine (9) hour training on Youth Mental Health First Aid.  The class is scheduled for Monday, June 21, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT.

Youth Mental Health First Aid will cover how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives adults who work with youth (SROs/PAL Staff/Youth Services Personnel) 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. The training will be instructed by staff of the Wheeler Clinic Prevention Wellness and Recovery Division, Plainville office.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches participants; 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. As well as; How to interact with an adolescent in crisis and how to connect the adolescent with help.

Participants will learn concrete information about specific mental health disorders and how to use the ALGEE five-step 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

This program is being offered to; Police Officers, especially SROs and PAL staff, Teachers, School staff, Coaches, Guidance Counselors, and any school staff who work with youth.

This program is strictly limited to (30) participants.  Please complete the registration form located on our website at and forward to the attention of Barbara Fullenwiley by email at or fax to (203) 238-6119. The deadline date is Friday, May 7, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Fullenwiley at 203-427-2622.

Students successfully completing the course will receive Review Training Credit as follows: Curriculum Area IV: Human Relations, 8 hours.

There is no tuition for this course.  Lunch may be purchased at nearby restaurants.  Professional, business attire required. 

DISCLAIMER:  The Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) makes every effort, within its ability and resources, to provide the highest quality, most relevant in-service training programs available at minimum cost to all Connecticut police officers and agencies.  However, POSTC does not provide legal advice, and does not endorse the accuracy or completeness of specific in-service training programs provided by each of its many contractors and training providers.  The materials and opinions of individual providers offered during the course of in-service training are those of the instructor alone, and do not necessarily represent the position of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council or the State of Connecticut.  Given the multitude of disparate factual scenarios with which law enforcement personnel are presented in the discharge of their official duties, students and sponsoring agencies are strongly advised and encouraged to seek the advice and counsel of their own legal advisors before implementing concepts or adopting specific measures discussed or recommended during in-service training sessions.