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Mental Health First Aid

Sometimes first aid isn’t

a bandage,

or CPR,

or the Heimlich,

or calling 911.


Sometimes first aid is YOU!


Someone you know could be experiencing

a mental health issue or crisis. You can help them.

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental health issue or in a crisis, and to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self- help care. Anyone can take the Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.


Sometimes the best first aid is you.

Take the course.

Strengthen your community.
                          Upcoming Classes... 
                     Mental Health First Aid

8-hour Course

Sponsored by: Discovery Counseling Center 

Mental health problems are common. We see signs of them every day in friends, family members, co-workers and in our faith communities.  We know that without early intervention individuals can be lost to suicide or addiction, sink into deep depression, experience paralyzing anxiety, or endanger themselves or others.  Yet most of us are not confident in our ability to help.

An international public health training course has been developed that will give us the skills and knowledge to help friends, neighbors, family members and members of our faith community who are faced with challenging mental health concerns. Mental Health First Aid training provides clergy and laity with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and assist individuals with developing mental health care needs, as well as those in crisis, until appropriate professional help is available. 

Date:  Friday, March 3, 2017

Time:  8:00AM to 5:00PM

Location:  Discovery Counseling Center 115A Town and Country, Danville, CA

Fee:  $75 (includes instructional materials) 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

The initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors…) until appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support, can be engaged.


Who Should Take Mental Health First Aid?

Pastors, office staff, elders, deacons, anyone with a ministry involving persons who are experiencing mental health challenges.


What Will I Learn In Mental Health First Aid? 

 This course is highly interactive. It combines lecture, small and large group work, video presentations and skill practice. Participants will learn:

The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury;

An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma and discrimination in their communities;

A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care;

The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.


 To be certified, participants must be present for the full 8-hours of instruction.

Questions? Contact or call 925.837.0505