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What is Mental Health First Aid and what does it teach?

MHFA is skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge.

Similar to physical First Aid and CPR, MHFA helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis until professional assistance is obtained or the crisis is resolved.

Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step Action Plan to recognize warning signs of a mental health or substance use challenge, provide help in crisis and non-crisis situations and understand where to turn for additional assistance.

Through MHFA, more than 2.6 million people in the U.S. have been trained by over 25,000 certified Instructors to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.

Peer-reviewed studies have proven that trained Mental Health First Aiders are more knowledgeable and confident when it comes to identifying and helping an individual in distress.


How do we know Mental Health First Aid is effective?

Many people know to call 911 or administer CPR for a physical health emergency but hesitate to start conversations about mental health and substance use. MHFA provides the tools a layperson needs to take action.

Studies show that MHFA training reduces stigma, improves knowledge and increases first aid actions toward people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.

MHFA is proven to be effective in teaching adults how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. Peer-reviewed studies from around the world show that individuals trained in MHFA:

» Expand their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental health and substance use challenges.

» Can identify appropriate types of professionals and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health or substance use challenge.

» Have increased confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.

» Show increased mental wellbeing themselves.


Find the course that is right for you.


Mental Health First Aid teaches you an evidence-based action plan:

A – Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

L – Listen non-judgementally.

G – Give reassurance and information.

E – Encourage appropriate professional help.

E – Encourage self-help and other support strategies.


In – Person

Take a 7.5 hour course in the same physical space as your peers and instructor(s).

Virtual

Do 2 hours of pre-work on your own, then join your instructor(s) and peers in an online platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Blended In – Person

Do 2 hours of pre-work on your own, then join your instructor(s) and peers in the same physical space to finish your training.

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