Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education and early intervention program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges. MHFA will be available at the “Breaking The Silence on Mental Wellness: Real Talk, Real Help, Real Solutions Conference” on  April 4th and 5th, 8:00am-6:00pm, at Temple School of Medicine 3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. This conference is focused on addressing stigma related to behavioral health within the African American community. Over 50 diverse workshops geared toward a wide variety of audiences. Behavioral health screenings will be provided to conference participants as part of Saturday’s resource fair.

DBHIDS, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, launched MHFA in January of 2012. Philadelphia is the largest metropolitan area to launch a campaign designed to educate and support the general public in responding to behavioral health crisis and non-crisis situations. As of March 15, 2014, over 3,100 local individuals have received MHFA training to date.  124 of these individuals have achieved instructor status that qualifies them to provide this training to others in their work places and communities. MHFA is an 8 hour training program that is being offered across Philadelphia in Community Training Hubs. We are very excited to be working with various strategic partners throughout the city of Philadelphia to maximize our efforts. Please visit the “get trained” page to register for a training near you!

Additionally we will be offering several opportunities to become trained as a MHFA instructor this summer. If you are interested please fill out the Instructor Application. For questions please call (215) 790-4996.