Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an international education program 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 have been conducted around the world and show that individuals trained in the program:

  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health or substance use challenge.
  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness themselves.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you 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, and where to turn for help.

Unlike the QPR: Suicide Prevention Training, MHFA focuses on a broad scope of emotions and how to help people experiencing emotional distress who may not be suicidal:

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

Chronically Strong periodically holds MHFA community-wide trainings and is also available to bring trainings to your organization. Email for more information.