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Mental Health First Aid

You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis?


It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking, or can’t breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? What would you say to a person you know who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack?

Getting trained as a Mental Health First Aider is a first step in helping you to be prepared. 

4 Reasons to Get Trained
Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid USA 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. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

If you're interested in scheduling a training for your organization or your community in the Metro DC region, contact America Paredes, Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach, at aparedes@mentalhealthamerica.net. To find a course in your local area, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

Download the brochure.