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Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. 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).

In the state of Oregon, more than 18,000 people are trained in Mental Health First Aid. Over one million people are trained nationally.

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GOBHI's Certified Instructors

Instructors are certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health

Erin Rust, Wasco/ Hood River County

Linda Watson, Grant County

Sumuer Watkins, Clatsop County

Jonathan Hankins, Columbia County

Eilene Flory, Gilliam County

Nicole Hollenbeck, Union County


Erin Rust
School Based Program Coordinator

MHFA Statewide Coordinator/ Instructor



National Council for Behavioral Health (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid Oregon (AOCMHP)