Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid ?

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized evidence-based program that was created and is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. It is an eight-hour class that helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. You learn by engaging in the materials and relating what you learn to real-life situations. Role-playing, group discussions, and exercises keep you engaged and allow you to practice helping skills.


 1. To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis
 2. Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year
 3. You care: be there for a friend, family member, or colleague
 4. You can help: people with mental illnesses often suffer alone 


In the Mental Health First Aid training, you will learn:      

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to turn for help
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis


The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.

  • College/university leaders
  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resource professionals
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policy makers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Parents

Upcoming Trainings 


Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, all upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings have been cancelled.  Please check back for updates on virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings.

For useful information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness on COVID-19/Coronavirus and Mental Health, click here.  Pierce County Public Health also shared this helpful infographic on managing stress during this pandemic.

We are sorry for this interruption in Mental Health First Aid training for our community.  If you would like more information on available mental health resources and supports, please call 211 (1-877-947-2211 for non-715 area codes) or text your zip code to 898211.

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Continuing Education Credits

Mental Health First Aid training may be eligible for continuing education credits. Below you will find a link to the class syllabus that includes learning objectives, agenda and more. If you need more information, please contact Jessica Neumann at 715-377-0203 x 103 or [email protected]

Mental Health First Aid Syllabus

Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsors

Training Sponsors