"Our goal is to increase literacy on mental health issues, reduce stigma, and give the public the tools to help those in need."
- Brian Turner, Deputy Director for Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
What is Mental Health First Aid ?
Who should attend a Mental Health First Aid training?
Mental Health First Aid training is for everyone, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or substance abuse disorder.
What do you learn in the training?
Signs and symptoms of common mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises
Typical v. atypical youth development (Youth MHFA)
A five-step action plan for mental health emergencies
Myth-busting and fact-sharing about mental health
Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
Local, state and national behavioral health resources
Which MHFA class is right for me?
MHFA encompasses two curricula: a core program tailored for adults, called Adult Mental Health First Aid, and another for adults working with youth: Youth Mental Health First Aid. Each are available as interactive 8-hour courses, and can be conducted as a one-day seminar or across multiple days to accommodate tight schedules. Adult MHFA consists of different modules for special audiences like Public Safety, Military/Veterans, Rural, Higher Education, and Older Adults. You can also take MHFA in Spanish or with ASL interpretation! Learn more about these modules.