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).

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

Course Types

Click on the links below for more information about each course type from Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid Adult

Mental Health First Aid Youth

Mental Health First Aid Higher Education

Mental Health First Aid Older Adults

Mental Health First Aid Public Safety

Mental Health First Aid Military Members, Veterans and their Families

GOBHI’s Certified Instructors

Instructors are certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Watson, Grant County

Sumuer Watkins, Clatsop County

Kirie Capell, Malheur County

Lindsay Gordon, Portland Metro


National Council for Behavioral Health (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid Oregon (AOCMHP)

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