Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. 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.

Grant Funded Opportunity in Hamilton County
In 2015, Mental Health America was awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) to further develop Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in Hamilton County.  Over the next three years, MHA will be working to increase mental health literacy, increase capacity of adults equipped to respond to the behavioral health issues of youth, link youth to services and increase collaborative partnerships with youth serving agencies.   This grant will enable us to reach more teachers, families and community members and is big step toward our goal of expanding MHFA across our region.  This grant will also help reach the national goals to train 3 million people by 2020 and to make Mental Health First Aid as common as First Aid and CPR. 

If you are a school or youth serving agency or even a caring adult in Hamilton County and are interested in Youth Mental Health First Aid, please contact Bill Shamblin at or call 859-652-7155 to learn how you can become involved or to set up a course.

If you are interested in hosting a course, you may also fill out a workshop request form by clicking here.

Learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid and other regional efforts by clicking here

Navigating youth mental health services can be overwhelming. The following link will direct you to a resource guide specifically designed to simplify this process for individuals in Greater Cincinnati. Please feel free to print and distribute this guide.

Hamilton County Resource Page

Register now for a course happening soon. Click here.

*Mental Health First Aid USA is a trademarked name and is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health – we train and certify instructors to deliver the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course in your community.