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The Wall Street Journal calls Mental Health First Aid a fast-growing program that trains people to understand and respond to people in distress. 

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Topics Covered

Depression and mood disorders
Anxiety disorders
Substance Use disorders

The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.



"Even teachers need to be taught." As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent."

—  Alyssa Fruchtenicht

The Mental Health First Aid 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

Interventions Learned

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Nonsuicidal self-injury

  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

  • Reaction to a traumatic event

The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

Who We Serve





Elderly/Older Adults

First Responders


Public Safety

Higher Education

Faith & Spiritual Communities

Health Care

Rural Communities

Contact Us today to schedule Mental Health First Aid training in your community or organization. Just CLICK HERE.

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