Mental Health First Aid Training

mental health first aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health 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

Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. We call this mental health literacy – or a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.

You learn about:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use disorders

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.

Who Should Take Mental Health First Aid? 

Anyone interested in taking the course is welcome no matter their level of expertise.  However, the course is designed to teach lay people methods for assisting someone who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

How to Become a Mental Health First Aider: 

  • To become certified as a Mental Health First Aider you must attend a full 8-hour course provided by a certified trainer. Please note: Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid certifications are available, but they are individual/separate certifications and courses. 
  • Cost to attend is $20.00/ person per course; cost covers the mental health first aid manual needed for certification.

To Host Training:

  • A minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 people must register; the course can be delivered in one full 8- hour -day or 2 half-day sessions. Please note: Youth and Adult courses are separate certifications (each is 8-hour course) and cannot be combined.  
  • To schedule a training, 2 to 3 weeks’ notice is needed to order and receive participant manuals and prepare training activities. To schedule a training contact Danielle Garcia at, 915-922/7161 or by e-mail at
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