Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Literacy Tools Can Save a Life: Get Certified in Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Trainings:  

Adult:  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults.  Sign up today for an upcoming Adult Training on October 16 & 23, 2023.                         

Youth: Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Sign up today for an upcoming Youth Training on November 28 & November 30, 2023.

Teen: Builds a powerful community of teens ages 15-18 by teaching teens how to support a friend or classmate with the evidence-based teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course.

Alexander Jewish Family Service, envisions a community in which MHFA training is as common as CPR. Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual in medical distress, MHFA training provides tools to assist someone experiencing mental distress. The goal is to support an individual until appropriate professional help.

The Community Intervention Team at Alexander JFS are National Instructors for Mental Health First Aid.

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“It’s never been more important for our communities to talk about mental health and substance use,” says Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “Mental Health First Aid is breaking down barriers and stigma so that together we can learn how to better support one another. Without mental health, there is no health. "

What you will learn:
  • MHFA is a skills-based training that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to a mental health or substance use challenge.
  • A 5-step Action Plan to recognize warning signs, provide help in crisis and non-crisis situations and identify additional resources
  • Identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health condition or addiction.
  • Grow your knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental health conditions and addictions.

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Please reach out to us directly for questions or to arrange a training. Due to the pandemic, MHFA trainings will be conducted online.

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