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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is administered until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis is resolved.

Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8 hour training that presents an overview of behavioral health and substance use challenges in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews ways to help. Those who take the training become certified Mental Health First Aiders by learning a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.