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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mental Health First Aid trainings are currently being provided virtually. A schedule of upcoming trainings is provided below.

IMPORTANT: The virtual ‘blended learning’ training requires that participants complete a two-hour self-paced course prior to the virtual training. We also ask that you complete registration at least two weeks prior to the date of the training you wish to attend.

Adult Mental Health First Aid training dates (all 9 AM – 4 PM)
– Friday, March 12 (this training is full)
– Friday, May 14

Youth Mental Health First Aid training dates (all 9 AM – 2 PM)
– Friday, April 9 (this training is full)
– Friday, June 11

Click here to register for any of the trainings listed above.

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