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.

From 2015-2018, Mental Health America trained almost 3500 people in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid through grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS).

These grants are helping 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 Mental Health First Aid, please contact Kara Atwell at or call 859-431-1077 to learn how you can become involved or to set up a course.

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

*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.