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Mental Health First Aid Training

How We Help

Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness in their family, friends, community, and workplaces.

Life-Saving Training, For Anyone

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. This training is for anyone. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Association House offers Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings in English and Spanish, in-person or virtually. The in-person training requires an 8-hour time commitment. The virtual training is six hours with pre-work required. 

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A group of participants in one of our Mental Health First Aid training workshops.

“Mental Health First Aid Training gave me the confidence to ask directly if the person is suicidal, and if they have an active plan. Also, it has helped me to listen and provide a wider array of options for the individual depending on what is the best fit for them.”

- Program Participant

Find a Training

Community-based trainings take place throughout the year and are available at no-cost to you. To find the next training visit associationhouseofchicago.eventbrite.com

Host a Training

If you are interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid Course at your workplace, community group, or church, please call Myra Rodriguez at 773-772-7170 x3204 or email myrodriguez@associationhouse.org. To cover program costs, sliding scale fees may apply. 

100% of individuals who completed the training last year felt better prepared to respond to a mental health crisis and 40% reported using a skill learned in training in daily interactions.

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