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Youth Mental Health First Aid

On March 27, 2018 20 RI youth services and school librarians completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training, and are now certified through 2021 in Mental Health First Aid USA. The training was conducted at Bradley Hospital and was led by hospital staff trained and certified as Mental Health First Aid instructors.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide or is struggling with substance abuse. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a national program with courses available nationwide. For more information about Youth Mental Health First aid and a list of courses in your area visit


RI Resources and Organizations

Kids' Link RI 
1-855-KID LINK or 1-855-543-5465.
A Bradley Hospital and Gateway Healthcare collaboration, Kids' Link RI is a central hotline for children and families in emotional crisis. Confidential, free, and available 24 hours.

Bradley Hospital
Private, not-for-profit hospital provide a range of family-centered, high quality mental health care services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Services for parents and caregivers include consultations, emergency evaluations, family advocacy, resource recommendations, and family support groups.

Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health: A Guide for Young Adults in Rhode Island's Behavioral Health System
2018 guide developed by RI BHDDH and RI DCYF to assist young adults and their families navigate the transition from the youth behavioral healthcare system to the adult system. Includes facts about behavioral health, behavioral health services, and local community supports.

 RI Division of Behavioral Healthcare Services (DBH)
The Division of Behavioral Healthcare Services (DBH) is comprised of two program areas: integrated Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services. The Division maintains the overall responsibility for planning, coordinating and administering a comprehensive State-wide system of mental health and substance abuse prevention intervention, treatment activities and recovery supports.

NAMI Rhode Island
An affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offering an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.


National Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Nation's largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

JED Foundation
Non-profit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults

The Trevor Project 
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24
To Write Love on Her Arms 

Non-profit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide