Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a two-day course that teaches a 5-step action plan offering initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in crisis, and connecting them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.
You will learn warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders and eating disorders.
Anyone can take the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid certification course – first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. The course is open to all members of our community and there is a $25 fee for materials.
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them.
You are more likely to encounter someone – friend, family member, coworker, neighbor or member of the community – in an emotional or mental crisis than you are to encounter someone having a heart attack.
Sometimes, the best first aid is you. Take the course, make a difference in someone's life, strengthen our community.
The CSB will be offering Mental Health First Aid courses throughout the year. Check the online registration page for available classes, or contact Erika Gilliam at 703-383-8430 (TTY 711) for more information. Each class involves a total of 12 hours of instructional time, which usually takes place over the course of two days.
In addition to courses that are available for individual enrollment, you can also request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call 703-383-8430, TTY 711. Please allow two weeks’ notice to arrange ADA accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7000.
More about Mental Health First Aid
- Check the schedule and register online for Mental Health First Aid.
- Request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.
- View the printable Mental Health First Aid flyer.
- Watch our quick (2 min.) public service announcement about Mental Health First Aid!
- The Fairfax-Falls Church CSB has received national recognition for its Mental Health First Aid program.
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