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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.

Mental Health First Aid Curriculum

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course taught by certified instructors. The training allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and addictions. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports.


Mental Health First Aid Page Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community. The course is presented to chambers of commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, rotary clubs, parent organizations, social clubs, and other groups. Professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction should get trained.


8-Hour Community Course
The National Council will host an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid training on Wednesday, April 22nd from 8:00am-5:00pm. The course is free and open to the public and all Conference attendees, but space is limited! Register now.

8-Hour Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Course
Mental Health First Aid USA and the Windermere Police Department Foundation are sponsoring a special course for Orlando area public safety staff on Wednesday, April 22 from 8:00am-5:00pm. The course is open to police officers, dispatchers, corrections staff, probation and parole staff, court staff – anyone who works in criminal justice and is interested in learning how to identify and respond to individuals experiencing mental illness. Space is limited, so please RSVP to ASAP.


Calling all instructors! Mental Health First Aid will host the 2015 Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit on Sunday, April 19th from 9:00am-5:00pm. All certified Mental Health First Aid instructors are encouraged to join us. This exciting event will give instructors an unprecedented opportunity to hone their skills as instructors, Mental Health First Aid ambassadors, and funding champions. During the summit, instructors will engage in networking activities, role play exercises, and workgroup discussions. The summit is free to attend, but registration is required!

The Summit will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.


Keep an eye out for two workshops on Mental Health First Aid!


Mental Health First Aid: The Coca-Cola of Behavioral Health Education
Ever wonder why SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde refers to Mental Health First Aid as the Coca-Cola of behavioral health education? We encourage you to come and find out

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Children’s mental health: It’s on the minds of teachers, parents, child welfare workers, juvenile justice officers -even Kate Middleton is talking about it. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach an individual how to identify the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents,  and help those experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or crisis. Learn about some of the most innovative and expansive programs in the nation, and the brains behind these effective initiatives.