Our Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Laura Stanton, has been a nationally Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainer since 2020. She is available to offer Mental Health First Aid training to adults in Warren County. 

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The eight-hour training can be held in two formats: one eight-hour day or two four-hour days.

Just as CPR helps those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use disorders. 

Please note: Mental Health First Aid is designed for the general public and not for mental health professionals.

For more information and/or to obtain a price quote for Mental Health First Aid, please contact Laura Stanton at

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