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An Overview

Adult Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach people how to help an individual over the age of 18 who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Adult Mental Health First Aid can be helpful for anyone: Employers, Police Officers, Hospital Staff, First Responders, Faith Leaders, Community Members, and Caring Individuals. The course introduces common mental health challenges and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help individuals in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, psychosis and trauma.  Evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources are provided.

Our Task Force is fortunate to have a co-chair who teaches Adult Mental Health First Aid courses.  

Training opportunities can be scheduled for any type of groups for little to no cost.  There are three learning options:

  • Virtual: First Aiders will complete a 2-hour self-paced online class, and then participate in a 5.5 hour instructor led videoconference.

  • Blended Learning: After completing a 2-hour self-paced class online, First Aiders will participate in a 5.5-hour, in-person, instructor led class.

  • In-person: First Aiders will receive their training as an 8-hour, instructor led, in-person course.


Why Adult Mental Health First Aid Matters

How Adult Mental Health First Aid Helps

Informs learners of common signs & symptoms of mental illness

Teaches learners how to interact with a person in crisis

Provides instruction on how to connect the person with help.

Teaches learners about trauma, addiction, and self-care.


 On average, 123 people die by suicide each day according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

630 K

From 1999-2016, 630,000 people died from drug overdose according to the Center for Disease Control.

1 in 5

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a Mental Illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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