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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a tool that can be used across the mental health continuum, including prevention and early intervention, by all school staff to recognize early warning signs of mental health challenges of students. It is considered a Tier 1 strategy within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports and link to the Local Control and Accountability Plan State Priorities 5 and 6 on Student Engagement and School Climate. Strategies enable staff to support all students, including those with disabilities requiring ERMHS services, to access their educational environment. YMHFA is a training recommended by the CDE in fulfilling AB 2246, which requires that districts serving students in grades 7 through 12 adopt a policy on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.


  • Recognize early warning signs to mental health challenges for all students within the school environment.
  • Embed tier one strategies for mental health into a multi-tiered system of support.
  • Empower all staff in responding to mental health crises in a strategic and focused manner to increase basic access to education for all students.

LCAP Priority Areas:

Basic Access: Providing all students’ access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities,

Student Engagement: Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.,

School Climate: Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.

State Performance Plan Indicators:

Indicator 1: Graduation 4 Year Rate,

Indicator 2: Dropout 4 Year Rate,

Indicator 4: Suspension/Expulsion,

Indicator 5: Least Restrictive Environments


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