Youth Programs



Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is a suicide prevention training aimed at helping individuals recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to proceed. It is an hour and a half long training that offers the knowledge and skills to help save a life. QPR is highly recommended for anyone above the age of 18 who feels they want to make a difference in the lives of others. Upon completion, each participant receives a certificate from the QPR Institute.  


For more information or to schedule a QPR training for your organization or community, please contact [email protected]!

Ending The Silence


NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. These presentations are led by two of our presenters: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. We also offer three versions of the presentation, each tailored by the presenters towards either students, families, or parents and teens. 


For more information or to schedule an Ending the Silence for your organization or community, please contact [email protected]!

Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a longer course that includes a 2 hour self-paced portion and a 6 hour instructor-led portion. This course includes teaching participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health conditions. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health challenge or may be experiencing a crisis. Upon completion, each participant receives a certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health. 


For more information or to schedule a Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid course for your organization or community, please contact [email protected]!

2020 Youth Programs Accomplishments


  • 15 virtual Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings, certifying over 305+ adults
  • 26 virtual and in person QPR suicide prevention trainings, certifying over 431+ adults
  • 39 virtual and in person Ending the Silence presentations, to over 951+ students and adults
  • 19 Instagram Live “Community Conversations,” reaching over 1000+ viewers, including a special interview with Kevin Hines, suicide survivor and prevention advocate


These programs are provided at no cost to the San Fernando Valley community thanks to a generous grant awarded by Dignity Health and UniHealth Foundation. The Cultural Trauma and Mental Health Resiliency Project is a 3-year joint effort to increase the awareness, skills and capacity of local community organizations and community members to identify mental distress, address the impacts of trauma, reduce stigma, and increase resiliency via delivery of mental health awareness education. NAMI-SFV is honored to be a part of this project, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our Team

Here are only a few of the individuals who make our programs possible!


Yasmin Irfani

Youth Programs Director

Yasmin joined NAMI-SFV in December 2019 and holds a Masters in College Counseling and Student Services from Cal State Northridge. Her personal and professional experiences motivated her to be open about mental health awareness, as this affects everyone in some way or another. She is an instructor for QPR and Mental Health First Aid, as well as an Ending the Silence presenter. 


Contact: [email protected]

Ally Diwik

Youth Programs Assistant Director 

Ally started volunteering with NAMI-SFV in July 2020 because of her passion for mental health awareness and an increasing desire to spend more time helping others. At NAMI-SFV, she joined the Youth Programs Department to assist with the coordination of QPR, ETS, MHFA, and Instagram Live series.




Contact: [email protected]


Kyla Leynes

Youth Programs Volunteer

Kyla joined NAMI-SFV in September of 2020 to continue her journey of being a mental health advocate. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Asian American Studies from CSU Northridge, and in her undergrad years was a member of a peer education program that focused on mental health education and suicide prevention. She currently runs the San Fernando Valley Resources social media project and assists with community outreach for QPR, ETS, & MHFA. 


Contact: [email protected] 

Tim Davis

Ending the Silence

Jolissa & Ethan Hebard

Ending the Silence

Adam Sholder

Ending the Silence

Rachel Steinmen

Ending the Silence


Deanna Robinson

Ending the Silence, QPR, & Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth)


Diane Gutierrez

QPR & Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth)

Sandra Rodriguez

QPR & Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth)


Suzanne Tate

QPR & Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth)


Beth Boyd

QPR & Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth)


Addison Tippitt

Mental Health First Aid



Suhail Mullah

Mental Health First Aid



Syed Hussaini

Mental Health First Aid


Leo Chankalidi

Mental Health First Aid







HelpLine: (818) 994-6747

email: [email protected]

Mailing Address: 11100 Sepulveda Blvd. Ste 8 PMB 392., Mission Hills, CA 91345


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