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 rita.limbaugh@wellstone.com to find out when local courses are scheduled in your area. To learn more about the national Mental Health First Aid movement click here.