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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Workers' Compensation Trust
47 Barnes Industrial Park Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

Members: FREE
Self Insured Clients: $75 per person

Max. 1 attendee per organization

Deadline to sign up is March 22, 2023

Member Registration ›   Self-Insured Registration ›

Class size limited to 30; 1 attendee per organization

NOTE:  Two hours of advance work done online will be necessary to take the in-person class and must be completed prior to attending the class. 

Mental Health First Aid Trainings are certification programs developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.  64.1% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment, 1 in 5 teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition, and 5.13% of youth report having a substance use or alcohol problem disorder.

The Trust in collaboration with EdAdvance is pleased to present “Youth Mental Health First Aid Training."  This training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.   

This course will cover: the common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD, as well as the common signs and symptoms of substance use. 

Learning Outcomes:

How to apply the ALGEE action plan

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give Reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Administrators, Executive Directors, Human Resources, Managers and Supervisors, Guidance Counselors, Team Leaders. 

Members and self insured clients who work with teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders and people who work with youth.


Abby Peklo
Director of Grants & Special Programs, EdAdvance

Abby Peklo is the Director of Grants and Special Programs for EdAdvance, the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) in Western CT. She has worked at EdAdvance in Litchfield for 14 terrific years. She has served as Project Director for multiple regional programs, including Mental Health Awareness Training in Western CT (MHAT-WCT). Abby is an experienced instructor and is certified in Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Teen Mental Health First Aid, and QPR Suicide Prevention Training. In addition to mental health awareness, she has presented on numerous topics, including understanding bias and othering, cultural competencies, conflict resolution, celebrating diversity, bullying, cyber safety, teen dating violence, environmentalism, and outdoor education. Abby develops enrichment programs that support diverse youth engagement and deeper understanding of issues such as immigration, civil rights, environmentalism, cultural diversity, lives of veterans, tobacco free choices, and health and wellness. A self-described recovering workaholic, besides work Abby enjoys nature walks, reading, her faith community, watching documentaries, cooking, making soap, and spending time with her big, furry rescued Newfoundland.