What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Who Should Take Mental Health First Aid?
The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.
Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are also available for adults who frequently work or interact with youth.
Why Should YOU Take Mental Health First Aid?
- To recognize symptoms in a colleague who is struggling
- To help a friend who doesn’t know how to reach out for help on their own
- To better assist a client at work, showing them that they are not alone
- To encourage a family member that recovery is possible
“This class is so vital for as many as people as possible to take to help demystify and de-stigmatize mental health issues.”
– MHFA Participant
“This class is a wonderful beginning to understanding how to assist someone with a mental health crisis- and help to end stigma”
– MHFA Participant
TAKE a Class
We offer both Adult Mental health first aid for adults interacting with adults, and Youth Mental Health First Aid for Adults interacting with youth. Both are 8 hour long programs in their entirety. You must attend the full 8 hours to receive a certificate. Lunch and CEUs/ CPDUs are provided for some trainings. Please click on the links below for more details.
HOST a Class
Mental Health First Aid is a perfect class to host for your staff, volunteers, or clients. We are able to provide trainings for an assortment of different groups, and tailor the conversation to fit your needs. To learn more about the cost of hosting a Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid Class click HERE. To request a Mental Health First Aid Class for your group, please click HERE.
If you are interested in hosting a class in any of the towns listed below- you may be eligible to host your class for FREE! Click HERE for more information.
Bridgeview – Broadview – Brookfield – Burr Ridge – Clarendon Hills – Countryside – Darien – Downers Grove – Hickory Hills – Hinsdale – Hodgkins – Indian Head Park – Justice – La Grange – La Grange Park – Lyons – McCook – North Riverside – Oak Brook – Riverside – Stickney – Summit – Westchester – Western Springs – Westmont – Willowbrook – Willow Springs
For more information on Mental Health First Aid- Click HERE
For more information contact:
Sara Hynes – Community Education Director
630-752-0066 x 216