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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 member who is certified to teach 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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