Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Courses

Compass Health is pleased to announce that we now offer both Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification and Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification training courses. 

We have been providing Adult Mental Health First Aid course since 2009 .  This year we had four staff become certified to instructors for the Youth Mental Health First Aid course.
Over 265 individuals have attended the Adult Mental Health First Aid classes we have offered.  Each class is one full day, but well worth your time!  Here are some comments from individuals who have taken this course:
  • “Great course.  Opened my eyes to a lot of things “I thought” I knew. Helps you relate it to everyday/personal life and also career.”
  • “I had no idea what to expect, but this was so enlightening--Glad to have had the training.”
  • “It covers a lot of mental health issues that effect all of us.”
  • “Very educational and demystifying.”
You probably know First Aid and maybe even CPR – but what if the problem is mental illness?  Do you know how to help?
Mental Health First Aid is a program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  It is a public education and prevention tool that will improve the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.
Compass Health is offering this fun, highly interactive course that provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

What will I learn at Mental Health First Aid?

1. The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and their emotional and economic cost.
2. The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
3. A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis and connect them to professional care.
4. Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.


What additional information will I learn in Youth Mental Health First Aid?
  1. Mental health challenges for youth.
  2. Review of normal adolescent development.

Who should take one of these courses?

State policymakers                
School personnel and educators                   
Foster parentsCaring Citizens                       
Police and corrections officers                      
First responders                     
Health care professionals                              
Business leaders                    
Faith community staff and volunteers                    
Young adults


Schedule of upcoming courses:

Youth:                                                              Adult:

            September 18, 2013                                       November 13, 2013

            November 4, 2013

            February 27, 2014

            April 23, 2014


For question or to register go to and click Classes & Training, email or call the Compass Health Training Line at 425-349-8588.