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.
Click on the links below for more information about each course type from Mental Health First Aid.
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
School Based Program Coordinator
MHFA Statewide Coordinator/ Instructor