Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor

YMHFA Corps Program Mission: Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.




Purpose of Position: AmeriCorps Members will serve as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors, certified to teach the 9-hour Youth MHFA-USA course to members of the public.




Responsibilities include:


·         Participate in five day Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course (location TBD)


·         Disseminate YMHFA in communities through organizations such as schools, law enforcement, foster care agencies


·         Outreach to local community for course participants, as well as recruit and engage community partners


·         Market program through press releases, social media and informational sessions


·         Track each participant certified through follow up evaluations


·         Submit these evaluations as directed to MHFA-USA nationally and NWCTAHEC


·         Enroll in the Mental Health First Aid USA Listserve


·         List courses on the National Public Mental Health First Aid In Your Community Map:  Advertise courses and let the public know you are authorized to provide the program.


·         Establish and foster relationships with community mental health agencies as partners and resources


·         Serve as a resource to YMHFA course participants on an ongoing basis


·         Respect the privacy of course participants, colleagues and others, including the responsibility to protect personal information


·         Advocate for Mental Health First Aid by promoting the principles whenever possible


·         Grant writing to support YMHFA activities


·         Participate in AmeriCorps large service project


·         Participate in monthly calls held nationally by NWCTAHEC


·         Submit biweekly reflection entries on Google Groups page


·         Assist AHEC centers with ongoing community initiatives and regional events


Experience Preferred:


·         Personal and/ or professional knowledge of mental health topics


·         Strong teaching and/ or training skills and experience, especially with adult learners       


·         Understanding of mental health issues and resources


·         Skills and experience facilitating diverse groups and creating/maintaining a positive, effective learning environment


·         Knowledge about mental health resources in her/his community and state


·         Positive attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses


·         Enthusiasm for reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction disorders


Details and Benefits include:


·         Complete a 10 month commitment, October 1, 2013 ; August 1, 2014 (44 weeks)


·         Full-time AmeriCorps position – 1700 service hours ; 40 hours per week, 5 holidays, 2.5 personal days


·         AmeriCorps members receive an $12,100 stipend for their 44 weeks of service ; paid biweekly = 22 checks


·         $5,550 Education Award upon completion of service commitment (1700 service hours)


·         Bachelor’s Degree Required




Apply for this position on the AmeriCorps web portal at the following web address:





For more information contact Meg Mastriana at (413) 301-9352 or at


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Springfield, Massachusetts
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Corps
Meg Mastriana
(413) 301-9352
Behavioral Health Network, Inc., 417 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA