Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This training helps attendees identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Currently, there are two specific trainings offered – one that focuses on mental health issues in adults, and a second training that addresses mental health issues experienced by youth. Both of these trainings are provided routinely in the New River Valley.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Topics covered include:
• Depression and mood disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Trauma
• Psychosis
• Substance use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

The schedule of upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings is provided below:

Friday, November 8
ADULT Mental Health First Aid training

NRVCS Radford Center (401 W. Main Street, Radford, VA 24141)

Friday, December 13
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid training
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Carilion Giles Community Hospital (159 Hartley Way, Pearisburg, VA 24134)

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, click here.