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Adult Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.

Topics Covered:

•Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
•Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
•How to interact with a person in crisis.
•How to connect the person with help.


The course requires advanced registration. Participants must register two weeks in advance and complete two hours of self-paced training at least three days prior to the course date. A link for the pre-course work will be emailed a week and a half before the course date.

Adult Mental Health First Aid is designed for employers, police officers, health care workers, first responders, faith leaders and other caring citizens. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Rusty Spieler, M.D., was a physician you wanted on call if an emergency took you to the hospital. Dr. Spieler was amazing at practicing love and compassion towards others. However, he was not very good at practicing loving-kindness towards himself. On July 8, 2020, all of a sudden, he was gone. He died from complications of his long struggle with mental health. Dr. Spieler’s family has expressed the need to talk openly about mental health, as easily as one would talk about arthritis or diabetes, to extinguish the shame of asking for help. Therefore, in memory of Dr. Rusty Spieler, we present Mental Health First Aid.