Are you interested in learning more about mental health and don’t know where to start?
Do you want to learn how to help when someone you know is in crisis?
Join the more than one million Americans who have taken the first step to stomp out stigma in their own communities with Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is more important now than ever before. In the past, it was believed that 1 in 5 Americans would experience a mental illness in any given year. However, with the events of 2020 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we now know that almost everyone has faced a mental health challenge this year.
When you attend Mental Health First Aid, you’ll learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of a range of mental health and substance use disorders, and will build the skills and confidence to help someone in crisis.
This course is designed for anyone who would like to make their community a healthier, happier, and safer place for all. Mental Health First Aiders are neighbors, parents, friends, veterans, first responders, people in recovery, and community leaders. Everyone is welcome to join this community!
- Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid The curriculum includes access to a 2-hour self-paced course that must be completed to gain access to the live scheduled session. The live session will be held via Zoom and contains approximately 6 hours of interactive coursework led by Certified Instructors. Please ensure that you have access to a webcam and microphone prior to enrolling in this course.
- Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18). The course introduces the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention.
- In-person Adult Mental Health First Aid is an interactive eight-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.
- Mental Health First Aid for Veterans discusses military culture and its relevance to mental health reviews specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families (such as trauma, stress, and separation), and helps break down the stigma associated with mental health problems. It provides a concrete action plan designed specifically for service members, their families, and those who support them and helps Veterans connect to resources available in their community.