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

Facts about Mental Health First Aid training:

Download this PDF with facts about the vision and class, MHFA Fact Sheet

Agenda for the class:

  • Session 1, Part 1
    • What is Mental Health First Aid?
    • Mental Health Problems in the USA
    • The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
    • Understanding Depression
    • Understanding Anxiety Disorders
  • Session 1, Part 2
    • First Aid for Suicidal Behavior
    • What is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury?
    • First Aid for Depression and Anxiety
  • Session 2, Part 1
    • First Aid for Panic Attacks
    • First Aid for Traumatic Events
    • Understanding Disorders in Which Psychosis May Occur
    • First Aid for Acute Psychosis
  • Session 2, Part 2
    • Understanding Substance Use Disorders
    • First Aid for Overdose
    • First Aid for Withdrawal
    • Using Mental Health First Aid
    • Exam and Course Evaluation

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.
Register Online


LECOM Pharmacy Student, Christina Bizzaro, said, “This is a really good class for everybody.” View the full interview and story, courtesy of Erie News Now.
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Jack J. Hewitt M.A. from Office of Vocational Rehabilitation said, “This is a very important training, I wanted to pick dates where the majority of my staff is able to attend.”
Karen Croyle, Executive Director of Corry Counseling Services said, “The subject has value, both to clients and professionals in mental health as well as the general public.”
Megan Richter, Owner of Coventina Day Spa said, “We just need to be prepared for whatever happens, because we want our guests to be happy and healthy when they’re here, and we want to be able to assist them anyway we can.” Watch Full Story