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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour (or two 4-hour sessions) training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Evidence behind the program demonstrated that it helps to build mental health literacy in helping the public to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid training is recommended for everyone, but especially for people working with the public including; health care providers, teachers, law enforcement, first responders, human service workers, family members, and anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health.

Youth Mental Health First Aid  is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, and other caring citizens how to help a young person between the ages of 12-18 who is experiencing a crisis situation, mental health or addiction challenge. Evidence has shown that recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge will lead to greater results over time.

UCS MHFA Trainings

To register contact Nancy Bemis at, or 802-362-3950.

Nancy Bemis and Dora Cecchini are UCS’ certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. Dora is also trained in Youth MHFA.