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Mental Health First Aid course

Presbyterian Medical Center Services Behavioral health Mental Health First Aid course

Teaching community members how to handle a mental health crisis

woman holding her hand to her headMental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention and public education program that teaches community members how to assist a person experiencing a mental health problem. 

Learn how you can provide hope and change in someone's life!

The training curriculum:

  • Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Builds an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders and their impact.
  • Provides an overview of common treatments.
  • Teaches a five-step action plan, known as ALGEE, encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and to help a person in crisis connect with appropriate treatments and supports.
Who should take the course?

Adult MHFA- The course is designed for the general public. Some classes are held for specific audiences such as faith communities, employers, business leaders and chambers of commerce, collegiate administration and educators, human resources, primary care and hospital professionals, nursing home staff, mental health organizations, shelter volunteers, first responders as well as law enforcement and families.

Youth MHFA- This course is designed for adults in the general public who regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents so as to encourage youth peer-to-peer interaction. Some classes are held for specific audiences such as teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals, school administrators / staff, faith communities and youth groups, human services agencies, recreation groups / clubs, group home staff, primary care providers and hospital professionals.

The classes

Novant Health offers both the 8-hour adult and 8-hour youth versions of MHFA course in the community or for your organization. We provide both public trainings and contracted trainings to meet your needs.


For general information, to participate in a course or to schedule a course, please contact us by email:

If you think you may hurt yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.