Mental Health First Aid
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Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training that teaches participants who are 18 years or older how to identify, understand, and respond to someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.


The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

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.


Click here for our Statewide Resource Guide

Adult Mental Health First Aid

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 16 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 addictions.Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community, and instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders. 


NAMI Maine offers several different modules of the Adult Mental Health First Aid program, including law enforcement/public safety and veteran.

The law enforcement/public safety trainings are only for individuals who are in the public safety sector, such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, college or university campus security, hospital security and the like. For a listing of our upcoming public safety trainings, please click here.

Our Veteran trainings are tailored towards Veterans, active service members, their family, friends, co-workers, case managers and anyone who works with veterans. To find a current listing of our upcoming Veteran trainings, please click here.



Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

If you are interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid course, please fill out the contact form below and we will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you may call the NAMI Maine office at 207-622-5767, ext.2312 to speak with Diana Jagde for an adult training or ext. 2320 to speak with Libby Wright about a youth training.

The national average cost for MHFA is approximately $120 to $150/per person. NAMI Maine understands the economic challenges facing individuals and companies and has worked intentionally to minimize costs of this vital training in order to eliminate barriers and increase access.


Visit the Mental Health First Aid Website


Have a question about the program or any upcoming trainings? Ask us here!