We think of First Aid as something administered to people in need of physical health intervention, but what about people who need immediate assistance for their mental health?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is administered until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis is resolved. Philadelphia is one of the first metropolitan areas in the U.S. to implement MHFA on a large scale.
This training is FREE to the public.
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Any caring citizen can become a Mental Health First Aider.
Find an upcoming Mental Health First Aid course near you!
You can complete a free 8 hour course that provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of behavioral health and substance use challenges, as well as an action plan to offer initial assistance.
*Select trainings include free Citizen CPR training by the American Red Cross.
This is general public training for adults focused on helping other adults. (Hospitals and health centers, employers, faith communities, schools/universities, nursing home staff, individuals who have experienced behavioral health challenges, family members, service providers and support staff, neighborhood organizations, concerned citizens, etc.)
For adults who work or interact with youth: parents, teachers, recreation centers, etc.
This training is for adults who work in Law Enforcement and Public Safety (law enforcement officers, private security, probation and parole, fire/EMS, corrections, dispatchers, courts, legal, town watch, etc.)