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Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based skills training that teaches individuals how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge.  Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an easy-to-follow action plan.  

Many people know to call 911 or administer CPR for a physical health emergency but hesitate to start conversations about mental health and substance use. MHFA provides the tools a layperson needs to take action. Similar to physical First Aid and CPR, MHFA helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis until professional assistance is obtained or the crisis is resolved.  

Programs that are offered:

Adult MHFA: Teaches individuals how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older.   


Youth MHFA: Teaches how to interact with a young person experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and how to connect them to help. Designed for parents, teachers, school staff, church leaders or any other adults who regularly interact with young people (age 12-18).  


Teen MHFA: For teens about teens.  Teens in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 will learn the skills they need to have supportive conversations with their friends and how to get help from a responsible and trusted adult. 

Upcoming Classes Open to the Public: 

Youth Mental Health First Aid classes available to educators this summer! 

Teachers, counselors, aides, administrators and any other district employee are welcome.

Click here to sign up!


You can contact our MHFA Outreach Coordinator, Tracy Baker at:

(409) 748-5261 or Tracy.Baker@stctr.og

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24-Hour Toll-Free Crisis Hotline: 1(800)937-8097

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