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Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.



Join us on Sunday, March 6 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the yearly Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit. The Summit is a unique opportunity for accomplished instructors and those new to Mental Health First Aid to come together to learn from experts on various topics, share best practices on building a successful program and be inspired by leaders in the movement.

This year the summit features two parts.

  • Part 1, 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., focuses on the existing instructor – their successes and their needs.
  • Part 2, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., is open to everyone and builds on the perspective of the experienced instructors present and includes talks by Betty Kitchener and Dr. Anthony Jorm – the founders of this international movement – and two passionate advocates for intervention and mental wellness, Officer Kevin Briggs, CHP, Retired, and Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor and wellness advocate. The afternoon session includes a special workshop for those new to Mental Health First Aid on starting a successful program.

The Summit is free, but registration is required. Register today to ensure your spot.


Staying for the Conference? Keep an eye out for these workshops on Mental Health First Aid!

Monday, March 7 – Going Down Under: Exploring the Origins and Research Behind Mental Health First Aid
Please join us for discussion and dessert with Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm. Mental Health First Aid, an international movement now in more than 25 countries, all started 15 years ago in Melbourne, Australia. Learn about the program’s genesis, its development and future goals. Come away inspired whether you’re already a supporter or thinking about bringing Mental Health First Aid to your community. Let Betty and Tony’s passion, charm and intellect persuade you to join the National Council’s Be One in a Million campaign. (Limited to75 participants, so please arrive early.)Anthony Jorm, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; Betty Kitchener, Mental Health First Aid Australia

Monday, March 7 – CIT International and Mental Health First Aid: Building a Complementary Partnership to Support Public Safety Professionals
Training for Public Safety professionals in how to respond to individuals experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders is more and more important every day, but what is the best solution? This workshop will focus on the genesis, design and effectiveness of the two most common programs – Crisis Intervention Training [CIT] and Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety. Bryan Gibb, National Council for Behavioral Health; Nick Margiotta, Phoenix Police Department

Tuesday, March 8 – The Unusual Suspects: Bringing Youth Mental Health First Aid into Unique Settings
Grantees awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Now Is the Time Project AWARE are demonstrating innovation through federal funding and expanding Youth Mental Health First Aid in schools and communities across the country. Learn how they are bringing Mental Health First Aid to unique settings and how you can think about doing the same. Debbie Caputo, Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES; Tramaine El-Amin, National Council for Behavioral Health; Elizabeth Newell, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Sarah Williams, Michigan Department of Education.