Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs and symptoms of mental illness and also teaches the common thoughts, feelings, behaviors and physical signs and symptoms of specific illnesses, like depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorders. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Alliance can coordinate employee training for companies large or small, as well as faith communities, civic organizations and governmental agencies. The training is provided at the Alliance Community sites at no cost, or a special class may be scheduled at your location for $20 per person – the cost of the manual. Making this important training available to your staff will show them that you care about their health and that of their families and their communities.

Call the Alliance Access and Information Center at (800) 510-9132 and asked to be connected with someone who can tell you more and set up a training.

Page last modified: August 12, 2019