Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


The Mental Health First Aid curriculum emphasizes prevention and early identification of mental health issues and triage techniques for crisis interventions.

Trainees learn to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems and intervene appropriately
  • Identify resources for professional, peer and self-help.
  • Use a 5-step plan to change the direction of a situation and give hope for recovery.


Mental Health First Aid is …

  • Research-based: Peer-reviewed studies have shown it increases mental health literacy and supportive behaviors toward those dealing with mental health issues.
  • Cross-cultural: There are Spanish-language versions of both the core adult and youth programs.
  • Flexible: We can provide the training in one day or split the course into two 4-hour sessions.

To find trainings in the Pikes Peak region, visit

For more information or to schedule a training, please call (719) 352-1471 or email