Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth MHFA are 8-hour training courses offered by the Center. The courses  are designed to give individuals the skills they need to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.

Participants learn the facts and warning signs of mental illness. Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step strategy in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. An important component of the MHFA training is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy. This simple experience can make it easier to actually apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.

This course meets the requirements for approval of continuing education credits for many different professions, such as nurses, educators, human resource professionals, etc. Participants use the completion certificate and the ‘course overview’ documents received in class to submit to their appropriate regulatory board for approval of credits. Please note, all the 2017 public month long classes will be the ADULT version of MHFA. We are only offering the YOUTH version as a private request.

Public Classes

Classes cost $30 per person and are held at the Bert Nash Center—located at 200 Maine Street in Lawrence, KS.

  • Classes cover 8-hours of instruction.
  • Classes include a manual and snacks.
  • To sign up for a MHFA class, please use the registration form below.

Private Classes

Classes held for businesses or organizations at their selected location, during normal weekday business hours.

  • 14 people minimum, 25 people maximum.
  • For private, for-profit businesses, there is a flat fee of $1,500.
  • For government & non-profit organizations, the cost is $30 per person.
  • Classes taught during a one-day seminar, two consecutive days or two days spread out over no more than a two-week period.
  • Classes scheduled on first-come, first-served basis. Call 785-830-1795, submit the form below or email to schedule session or for free info.

Public Classes in 2017

January (CANCELLED)Working with Adults10th, 17th, 24th, 31st 4-6 pm
February Working with Adults6th, 13th, 20th, 27th4-6 pm
April Working with Adults4th, 11th, 18th, 25th4-6 pm
MayWorking with Adults 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd4-6 pm
June Working with Adults6th, 13th, 20th, 27th4-6 pm
SeptemberWorking with Adults5th, 12th, 19th, 26th4-6 pm
October Working with Adults3rd 10th, 17th, 24th4-6 pm

Register for a Class