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Blended In-Person Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

October 19 @ 9:15 am - 5:15 pm

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About this event

  • 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth (ages 12-18).

This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Adults who need to know YMHFA:

  • Teachers
  • School Staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp Counselors
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Parents
  • Adults who work with Youth


  1. Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including: Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD),
  2. Common signs and symptoms of substance use
  3. How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  4. How to connect the person with help
  5. New, expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying


  • Prior to this live in-person instructor led session, attendees will receive information to access the Mental Health Connect Learning Platform where they will complete 2-hours of self paced learning materials which must be completed prior to participation in the live, instructor-led video workshop.
  • Please Note: to ensure all participants have 2 weeks to complete self paced learning
  • **TICKET SALES END Thursday10/5/23** If you are interested in joining after that time please email merakiinstitute@tanagerplace.org

REMEMBER: To participate in the live session, you must have all pre-work (modules 1-9) completed by 8am CST on the day of live session.

Live Session Details: The Live Instructor led session will be taking place at the Marion Public Library in Marion Iowa. You must be present for the entirety of the live session and complete the post session assignments.

Your Presenters:

Ashley Deason: Ashley has been a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor since 2019. Giving back and having a connection with those in our community has always been a passion for her and through training others in Youth Mental Health First Aid Ashley has been able to assist with breaking the stigma of mental health and providing awareness on how to approach and respond to others that may experience a mental health challenge or crisis. Ashley believes that every person can have a positive impact on those around them and this training gives participants the knowledge and tools to be mindful of their responses and interactions with others. Currently, Ashley serves as a Community Based Supervisor at Tanager in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Robin Murphy: Robin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Relations from The University of Iowa in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University in 2018. Robin is fully certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Robin has experience in helping children grow, heal and communicate through play along with helping caregivers connect with their child through family play therapy. Robin is passionate about providing support and resources to children and families in need. Robin currently holds the position as Clinical Supervisor/Therapist within the outpatient clinic.


October 19
9:15 am - 5:15 pm
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