Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

4 Reasons to Become a Mental Health First Aider

  • Be prepared. 
When a mental health crisis happens, know what to do
  • You can help. 
People with mental illnesses often suffer alone
  • Mental illnesses are common
. 1 in 5 adults in any given year
  • You care.
 Be there for a friend, family member, or colleague

What You Learn

The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources

Mental Health First Aid courses are available for adults (age 16 and older who want to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related problem) and youth (for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges). Contact Rita Limbaugh at WellStone at 256.705.6379 or to find out when local courses are scheduled in your area. To learn more about the national Mental Health First Aid movement click here.

A partnership with the non-profit Little Orange Fish makes it possible to offer these courses to the public at no cost. Visit to learn more about this organization and to support their efforts to promote mental health awareness.