Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them.
Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
This course brought to you by the Tri-County Board of Recovery & Mental Health Services and supported in part by the Tri-County Mental Health Levy.
Watch here for upcoming Mental Health First Aid classes or request to be notified when classes are scheduled
You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.
Mental Health First Aid Teaches:
Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 16 years or older to learn how to help young people.
This course does NOT cover medical First Aid, CPR or AED response and will NOT apply toward certifications or qualifications requiring CPR or other medical response training.
Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Studies show that individuals trained in the program increase 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 illness or addiction; increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress; and show reduced social distance to individuals with mental illnesses.
Sign up to be notified of the next Mental Health First Aid course
You may complete the pre-registration form to be placed on a wait list to be notified when Mental Health First Aid courses are offered in the Miami, Darke and Shelby County area. The Tri-County Board offers Mental Health First Aid courses for a nominal fee to cover books and course materials - generally around $25 per person for the 8-hour course. On occasion, courses will be designed and offered for specific audiences (for example, school personnel) and registration in those sessions may be restricted. To find MHFA courses outside the Tri-County area, visit MentalHealthFirstAid.org