UPDATE Mental Health First Aid

UPDATE Mental Health First Aid
21 Jan 2016

Taking the lead locally on a global strategy

Would you know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone struggling with depression or experiencing a panic attack in a crowded room?

Would you know what to do?

Community Centers hold trainings throughout the state for individuals from all parts of the community.  Trainees have included personnel from the following types of organizations: law enforcement, churches, public schools, colleges and universities, city bus services, libraries, hospitals, business, community service agencies, first responders, CPS, military and property management. Since the program began in 2008, Community Centers have trained more than 3,500 people.

The training chart below is for the 40-hour training course for instructor certification only.  If you are interested in obtaining the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid Training to become a mental health first aider, contact your local Community Center.

MHFA Instructor Trainings

Date Type Openings Location Contact Person Email
10/26/2015 Adult 5 MHMR of Tarrant This is an Expedited Class ONLY Contact Lisa Boone Lisa.Boone@mhmrtc.org



About Mental Heallth First Aid

Originated in Australia by a nurse and mental health consumer Betty Kitchener and researcher Anthony Jorm, Mental Health First Aid has expanded to 12 countries including, England, Canada, Cambodia and Singapore.

Promoted in the United States by the National Council and state agencies for mental health in Maryland and Missouri, Mental Health First Aid is an interactive, 5-step public education program that teaches factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and how to handle crises situations.

The course also develops awareness of the impact of mental illness among participants and provides general information about treatments for mental health conditions.

For more information about the National Council’s Mental Health First Aid program, click here.


Mental Health First Aid Webinars -MHFA Webinar Series

MHFA_National Council Update (August 5, 2015)

Strategies and Tips (July 22, 2015)

MHFA Legislation_ SB 133 (June 13, 2015)



Mental Heallth First Aid Workgroup

The Texas Council Mental Health Workgroup is promoting Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings in various part of Texas.

Made up of sixteen (16) Community Centers, the Workgroup gathers to share best practices and further understanding of the importance of MHFA to Texas communities and demonstrate its impact on the lives of people throughout the state.

For more information about the Texas Council Mental Health First Aid Workgroup contact, Janet Paleo at jpaleo@txcouncil.com.




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