Be a First Responder for Your Community's Mental Health. 

Mental Health First Aid

1 in 4 people will struggle with a mental health challenge in their lifetime, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and more. That means it's likely you or someone you care about will be impacted. The warning signs are there. Do you know what to look for?

Become Mental Health First Aid certified, and join thousands of Coloradoans already part of the movement to increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma. Learn the signs of mental health challenges, how to respond, and how to connect those in crisis with support systems. We offer two curricula: Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid. The adult curriculum teaches the signs and symptoms of mental illness in adults (ages 18+) while the Youth curriculum gives you education and tools for helping young people (ages 12-18).

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Want to know more about Mental Health First Aid Colorado? This video will tell you what Mental Health First Aid is, why it's important and how you can get involved. Watch it now and help us break down the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing it with your family and friends!

Current Funding Opportunities

MHFA Instructor Applications (update: February 1, 2016)  

Thank you to all who submitted an application to become an instructor! The large interest and response to this opportunity has been wonderful. The review process is still under way. All applicants will be notified of their status soon. Thank you for your patience!

Adult MHFA Course Reimbursement  

Funding is still available for select Adult MHFA trainings. The MHFACO Advisory Committee and our partners at OBH have collaborated to create a Course Reimbursement Checklist. To ensure the equitable and strategic distribution of funding for Adult MHFA trainings, this document outlines target groups and training requirements to gain eligibility for this funding. The Checklist Submission period is now open, starting November 30, 2015 through April 30, 2016. Course proposals will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis. Stay tuned for updates on the remaining availability of this funding. Questions? Email us at registration@mhfaco.org, or check out our Webinar.

 

Featured This Week:


Denver Post: ‘Breakdown’ highlights critical need for grassroots mental health first aid movement.

Special Course Offering: Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an eight-hour course specially designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety.

Mental Health First Aid in the News:


Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network's 60th Anniversary Celebration

Oscar nominated actress and author, Mariel Hemingway, will provide the keynote address at the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health…

2015 Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

The 2015 Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference is coming up on April 13th and 14th in Fort Collins, Co! The…

Recent Denver Post Story Highlights the Critical Need for Mental Health First Aid

Denver, CO - In “Breakdown: Mental Health in Colorado,” The Denver Post states, “Colorado is paying millions of dollars to treat…

You want to help. Learn how.

Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.

Know The Signs

Know the Signs

Know the Signs

Be ready to help by learning to recognize the signs of a mental health emergency.

Learn The Actions

Learn the Actions

Learn the Actions

Know how to help someone in need by learning the five-step action plan.

Be A Lifeline

Be a Lifeline

Be a Lifeline

Make a real impact on your community by become a Mental Health First Aider.

Learn The Actions

Know the Signs

Be ready to help by learning to recognize the signs of a mental health emergency.

Learn The Actions

Learn the Actions

Know how to help someone in need by learning the five-step action plan.

Be A Lifeline

Be a Lifeline

Make a real impact on your community by become a Mental Health First Aider.