Mental Health First Aid for Mechanchos

Mental Health First Aid for Mechanchos

Back by popular demand! Join the 6th cohort of this life-saving training for Mechanchos, taking place March 2 & 7 / כ”ט אדר א & ד’ אדר ב.
(To view details and register for the 5th cohort on Feb. 6 & 9, visit
Please note that there has been a date change for this cohort. All details on this page now reflect the new dates.
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identifyunderstand and respond to signs of mental distress and substance misuse in youth. In collaboration with Amudim and the Jewish Teen Funder Collaborative, MEF is now pleased to offer this nationally certified course as a subsidized opportunity for Chabad educators!
The course consists of:
  1. Approximately 1.5 hours of independent work prior to the course.
  2. A 3 hour live, interactive webinar on Wednesday, March 2 – כ”ט אדר א at 7-10PM EST.
  3. A 3 hour live, interactive webinar on Monday, March  7 – ד’ אדר ב at 7-10PM EST.
  4. A 5-10 minute online assessment after the course.

Please note: Due to the sensitive nature of the course materials, there will be no recordings. Please sign up only if you can attend live (online) at the times specified.

  • The subsidized cost of joining this course is just $18 per person.
  • Upon completing the course, participants receive mental health first aid certification, valid for three years.
  • Participants will be mailed a youth mental health manual for continued reference after the course.
  • Class size is limited so sign up today!
  • Registration will close either when the class fills up, or one week before the course.

Mrs. Gittel Francis, LMSW, grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and children where they serve as Chabad Shluchim. Gittel is a member of the Behavioral Mental Health Service team at Jewish Family Service in Houston and manages the Mental Health First Aid program. She holds the title of national instructor in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid. In her role as community outreach social worker, Gittel provides trainings and lectures on a range of topics to increase mental health literacy. Gittel is a member of the clinical advisory board of the JLI teen suicide prevention program. She can be reached via email at [email protected]

Lynne Butner, MSW has been mentoring, coaching and partnering with Jewish teens and young adults for over 25 years. Lynne’s experience with high school students began as the Summer Camp Director at the JCC in Palo Alto, CA, and later working with at risk teens in CA and AZ before working with NFTY for 25 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis in Human Development and her master’s in social work with an emphasis in mental health at California State University, Sacramento, and currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

“The practical examples and encouragement made the course informative and engaging!”  Mrs. Yedida Wolfe, Bnos Menachem High School, Crown Heights

“This course should be required for all teachers.” Rabbi Levi Kramer, Ohr Elchanan Mesivta, Los Angeles



Mar 02 2022


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 02 2022
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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