Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid teaches an individual how to identify, understand, and properly respond to signs of mental illnesses.

In the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where you can turn for help.


NAMI of Erie County is teaming up with Erie County Care Management (ECCM) and Millcreek Community Hosptial (MCH), to offer Mental Health First Aid training to the Erie community through a grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant focuses on training military and their families; first responders, such as law enforcement; caregivers and service providers for senior citizens; school personnel; and organizations that serve low-income families. Additionally, the training is open to the public.

Topics Covered:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use disorders

Interventions Learned:

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event

Sign Up for a Class

If you are interested in enrolling in our next session of programming, you can register by calling the NAMI of Erie County Office (814) 456-1773, or you can register online here.