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Mental Health First Aid

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues and is especially important for front line outreach workers in the harm reduction movement.


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. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.


Topics Covered

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Trauma

  • Psychosis

  • Substance Use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.


On January 18, 2021, Rebel Recovery Florida will be facilitating a FREE 5 hour training course for SWOP Behind Bars, LIPS Tampa and the Florida Harm Reduction Collective teams on Mental Health First Aid made possible by the Mental Health Council for Well Being. All training is free to participants and materials will be provided including a participant workbook. The workbook will available in a hard copy for in person participants, PDF for printing and/or a "fillable" PDF for online learning on a tablet, PC or mobile device. Lunch will be provided for in person registered participants.

Register early as in person space is limited. Registrants who want to join online will be emailed zoom links and workbooks to attend. There is no charge for this learning opportunity. All are welcome to attend.


This important Training Session will NOT be recorded to protect the privacy of our front line outreach workers and networks so there will be no recording available. This training will be offered again over the summer in addition to other amazing training opportunities in partnership with Rebel Recovery Florida.

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