Youth Mental Health First Aid

Starts: November 6, 2018 8:00 am | Ends: November 6, 2018 5:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid is help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or mental health crisis. First aid is given until appropriate help is received or the crisis resolves. Gabriele Ross, one of our Restorative Justice Trainers, is certified in teaching the basic 8-hour “Mental Health First Aid for Adults Assisting Young People” course. This training is for educators and others who are in contact with youth.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour 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 an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Registration Details:

The fee for this workshop is $170. Space is limited. Register here.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Trainer: Gabriele Ross & Cat Willett
  • Date and time: November 6, 2018* from 8:00am – 5:00pm (lunch on your own)
  • Location: Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway, Suite A, Portland, OR 97232

*November 6 is also Election Day! Ballots are due in Oregon and Washington by 8 pm.

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Event Organizers

Gabriele RossGabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.

Cat WillettCat Willett was born and raised in NE Portland. For the past decade, she has lived in Chicago and Oakland. She received her Master's in Social Work and in Social Justice from Loyola University - Chicago, where her work centered on youth impacted by community violence. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked in restorative practices and, later, held numerous trainings on mental health, vicarious trauma and burnout, and system-wide implementation of trauma-responsive restorative practices. As a white woman unlearning lessons of privilege every day, Cat takes seriously the need to build individual skills for supporting those with mental health challenges but also to look at systemic structures and narratives of mental wellness and ask "what's missing?" She recently moved back to Portland and is enjoying relearning her hometown, eating her weight in summer berries, and visiting the library every chance she gets.


November 6, 2018 8:00 am

November 6, 2018 5:00 pm


Lead Organizer

Gabriele Ross


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Gabriele Ross

November 6, 2018 8:00 am

November 6, 2018 5:00 pm