Peer Mental Health

Peer Mental Health Advocates

YouthFirst is invested in supporting youth wellbeing in our community. Our Peer Mental Health Advocates are teens in our own community who play a unique role at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in promoting the importance of maintaining mental health and building a culture of support and care.

Peer Mental Health Advocates:

  • Are trained and certified in Teen Mental Health First Aid—a 3-session course that addresses common mental health challenges in young people and provides teens with an action plan to help peers who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis. Teens also learn how and when to involve a parent, guardian or other responsible and trusted adult.
  • Organize and host mental health awareness and peer support events.
  • Advocate for mental health-related issues in our State Legislature and build skills to effectively communicate and present ideas, views and opinions to others.

Please note: The deadline to participate in the current Peer Mental Health Advocates cohort has passed. To receive updates about the next opportunity to join please click here 

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