Mental Health First Aid



UPCOMING CLASSES - Open to participants in Clare, Isabella, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland, and Osceola counties

FREE Class!! Thursday, December 7, 2023 : 8:30am - 5pm MidMichigan College/Mt. Pleasant Campus. Click here to register 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training -- like regular First Aid or CPR -- designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses.

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan is proud to announce that the following MHFA courses are available for instruction throughout the CMHCM six county service area:

  • Adult MHFA:  Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
  • Youth MHFA:  Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
  • MHFA for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety: The course is taught to police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences around the country. Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety.
  • MHFA for Higher Education:  Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is designed with colleges’ and universities’ unique culture and resources in mind. Training students, faculty and others in higher education settings how to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses or to assist young adults in a mental health crisis can help lessen the severity and impact of mental illnesses.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based education program that is now being offered in 20 countries.  Mental Health First Aid demystifies menal illness and gives participants the capacity to obtain, process, and understand the health information and the services needed to make appropriate decisions and seek care.

The program teaches people how to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and help a person in crisis or developing the signs and symptoms of mental illness.

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid here.


Mental Health First Aid is an interactive training that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and teaches a 5-step action plan for responding to individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.  This training can be offered in-person, virtually, or both(blended).  Trainings typically range from 7-9 hours, and they can be broken up into 2 days. Participants for both Youth and Adult Mental Heath First Aid must be at least 18 years old to attend.


Do you have questions, or want to
register for Mental Health First Aid?

Contact:  Karen Bressette at
989-772-5938 x1400 or

"Gabriella G, she was very good for me; she helped me with my problems and that."
-Osceola County