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Mental Health First Aid


For anyone 18 and older

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves participants’ behavioral health.

August 29, 2019, 8am-5pm – just added
AspenPointe-Jet Wing
1795 Jet Wing Drive
Colorado Springs 80916
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August 23, 2019 (class is full)
September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019
November 22, 2019

All classes are 8am-5pm and will be held at the following location:

Nautilus Room, Citizens Service Center
1675 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs 80907

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For more information, call NAMI, 719-473-8477 or email

*Note: The actual cost of Mental Health First Aid is closer to $60 per individual, which includes a manual that participants keep, the cost of teacher stipends, other materials and refreshments. This monthly class is offered at no cost to encourage broad-based community participation — so that cost isn’t a barrier for anyone interested in an evidence-based training that teaches the lay person how to recognize a mental health or substance abuse emergency. The cost is generously covered by a collaboration between AspenPointe and NAMI.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

The Mental Health First Aid course presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public. See how you can get involved — find a Mental Health First Aid course near you or learn how you can become a certified instructor to teach the course in your community.

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Local Law Enforcement Come Together for MHFA Training

On March 9, 2016, dozens of law enforcement personnel from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, and Fountain Police Department took the Mental Health First Aid training course.

This class was offered at no cost due to funding from Mental Health First Aid Colorado through a grant from the Colorado State Office of Behavioral Health. (This funding paid for the first 25 participants.) The class, including any additional participants – beyond 25 – and lunch for all participants, was underwritten by Peak View Behavioral Health and Bank of Colorado.

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