Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of crisis. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community. The course is an essential need and a benefit to:

  • Staff at doctor or dental offices, hospitals, and nursing homes
  • Professionals who regularly interact with citizens (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers)
  • School and College faculty and staff
  • Houses of faith and their communities
  • Friends and family of individuals with mental illness

Trainees are taught how to apply the evidence-based five-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

The Alabama Department of Mental Health offers training.  Contact Lauren Blanding for more information.

NAMI Alabama also offers training. Please visit their page for more information.

There are also over 90 certified instructors offering classes near you! Click here to learn more about training by regional instructors.

Information courtesy of Mental Health First Aid