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, February 14
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid training
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pearisburg First United Methodist Church (1101 Valley View Drive, Pearisburg, VA 24134)
REGISTER HERE

Friday, March 13, 2020
ADULT Mental Health First Aid training

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

Friday, April 17, 2020
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid training

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NRVCS Radford Center (401 W. Main Street, Radford, VA 24141)
REGISTER HERE

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid training

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery County Public Schools Administrative Offices
750 Imperial Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
REGISTER HERE

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