Health and Human Services Agency




The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is offering a free training series called "Youth Mental Health First Aid" this month in El Dorado Hills. The training will be held on Saturday mornings, April 23 & 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish located at 3115 Tierra De Dios in El Dorado Hills. The training is free and open to community members. Space is limited; registration is required.


Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth ages 12 to 18. The program emphasizes early intervention and teaches people how to help a youth who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Role-playing exercises and simulations are included in the training to show how to assess a mental health crisis, to provide initial help, and to connect youth to appropriate professional help, peer, social and self-help care. 


The class is designed for teachers, coaches, parents, juvenile justice professionals and others who regularly interact with youth. "This class will teach a specific five-step action plan for helping youth in crisis," said Nora Mays, Mental Health First Aid instructor with HHSA. "We encourage those with an interest to attend." 


For questions, or to sign up for the class, call (530) 621-6326. For information about additional mental health programs and services in El Dorado County, visit


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