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Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person who develops a mental health problem or crisis. The first aid is given until the best treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Mental health problems are common
  • Stigma is associated with mental health problems
  • Many people are not well informed about mental health problems
  • Professional help is not always on hand
  • People often do not know how to respond
  • People with mental health problems often do not seek help

Why Mental Health First Aid Training?

Mental Health First Aid Certification teaches community members:

  • Signs & symptoms of a mental health crisis
  • What to do when a crisis is identified
  • What to say to help those in crisis
  • What not to say to those in crisis
  • Where to refer people who are seeking help

Mental Health First Aid Certification

Mental Health Certification Training includes discussion and exercises on the following:

  • Understanding Depression
  • Non Suicidal Injury
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Understanding Schizophrenia

Types of Mental Health First Aid Trainings

  • For Adults
    • Veterans
    • Higher Education
    • Public Safety
    • Rural
    • Older Adults
  • For those working with Youth


Contact Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan Member Services at 1-888-788-4408 (TTY/TDD: 711) for information on scheduling a training in your area.