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.

Apply to Be an Instructor

United Way is proud to support Healthier Together Pierce and St. Croix Counties’ efforts to offer a Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in our region! We will be able to accommodate up to 30 individuals at our training at WITC-New Richmond January 29-Febrary 2, 2017. Thanks to our generous funding partners, this training is being offered at no cost to qualified participants. Click here to fill out the application to become a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Adobe Reader is required.

Why Take Mental Health First Aid?

 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 

Skills Learned

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

Who Should Attend?

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

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