Mental Health First Aid

Free Training for Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professionals, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, "What do I do?" and "Where can someone find help?" Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material.

What it Covers

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect the person with help.
  • Local and National support resources


Who Should Take It?

  • Employers
  • Police officers
  • Hospital staff
  • First responders
  • Faith leaders
  • Anyone and Everyone! (18 and over)

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety

Why Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety?
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substances use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. It focuses on the unique experiences and needs of public safety personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers' and families' lives, and the communities they serve.
Who Should Take It?
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections officers
  • Other first responders
  • 911 dispatch staff
  • What it Covers
  • Defusing crises.
  • Promoting mental health literacy.
  • Combating stigma of mental illness.
  • Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms.
  • Connecting people to care.
  • Mental Health First Aid - Youth

    Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
    Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substances use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
    Who Should Take It?
  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp counselors
  • Youth group leaders
  • Parents
  • People who work with youth
  • What it Covers
  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
  • How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
  • How to connect the adolescent with help.
  • Nearly
    1 in 5
    U.S. adults lives with a mental illness



    On average, there are
    123
    SUICIDES A DAY



    1.2 million
    individuals living with mental illness are in jail & prison each year

    64.1% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment


    From 1999 to 2016,
    630,000
    people died from DRUG OVERDOSE



    Hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training

    Sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid training for your business, organization, club or group is an easy and cost-effective way to support your community!
    • Training and materials are FREE for those who live or work in St. Clair County.
    • Trainers and equipment are mobile and can conduct sessions at your location of choice.
    • Both the Youth and Adult curriculum are 8 hour trainings that can be offered as a full day, two half-days, or several shorter times.
    • Trainings can be for your select group, or open to the general public.
    • Daytime, evening or weekend classes can offered.
    • Choose to offer the Adult or Youth curriculum (or both!)
    • Class size for trainings are a minimum of 15 and maximum 30 people.
    • St. Clair County Community Mental Health (SCCCMH) will provide marketing materials to help you advertise your training.
    • SCCCMH will handle participant registration.
    • If attendees need professional Continuing Education credits, SCCCMH may be able to assist.
    If you’re interested in hosting a training or finding out more information, contact Adrienne Luckenbacher at ALuckenbacher@scccmh.org or (810) 966-3531

    Registering for Mental Health First Aid Training

    To register for this Nationally recognized 3-year certification training, contact Tamara Lake at (810) 966-2597 or by email at tlake@scccmh.org

    For Mental Health First Aid training dates please visit our calendar.

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