What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a community collaboration that teaches everyday people how to provide “mental health first aid” to help a young person through a mental health challenge, mental disorder or mental health crisis. Like traditional medical first aid, mental health first aid is provided until formal help arrives or until the crisis is resolved. Mental Health First Aid is designed specifically for those without a behavioral health background, such as teachers, coaches, parents, grandparents, clergy, mentors, volunteers—anyone who regularly interacts with young people.

Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour course that ideally includes 15 to 30 participants. The course is interactive, with activities, discussion, videos and role playing to help participants better retain the information.

It was designed specifically for those without a behavioral health background, such as teachers, coaches, parents, grandparents, clergy, mentors, volunteers—anyone who regularly interacts with young people.

Several community partners from the Community Health Needs Assessment Workgroup are part of Mental Health First Aid, including:

  • Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • St. Vincent Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County
  • Diehl Consulting Group

Training Info

Where?

We strive to make Mental Health First Aid as easily accessible as possible. The course can be brought to your location, or we can provide a location for you. We also provide two trainers and all materials, handouts, manuals, supplies, etc.

What?

Each participant receives a manual, a certificate of completion, and a resource list to take with them. Youth mental health first aid is evidence-based, nationally recognized and used all over the world.

Register

To register for a class, or to schedule training at a location of your choice, please call 812-471-4521 or click the button.