We're all in this together.
Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care believes that communities play a critical role in reducing barriers to care. As we work with individuals to manage their mental health and substance use disorders, we also offer support, services, and hope for whole communities in Western Washington to address these issues.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Valley Cities offers a free course to train members of the public to assess and support people with mental health challenges and refer them to qualified professionals. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is an interactive one- or two-day course (eight hours total) that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and describes common treatments. Participants are taught a five-step action plan to help someone experiencing a crisis and connect them to appropriate professional care.
Just as CPR training prepares people without medical backgrounds to help someone who is having a heart attack, the MHFA Program trains people to help someone who is at risk of developing a mental health problem or who is going through a mental health crisis.
Valley Cities also offers training in Youth Mental Health First Aid, a specific MHFA program primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. It teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help a teen (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or is in crisis.
Anyone with an interest in helping people and a commitment to completing the training course can participate in the Mental Health First Aid and the Youth Mental Health First Aid programs. To register for an upcoming MHFA training, or to find out more about how you, your business, or organization can become more involved with these powerful programs to build mental health literacy and help the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, please send an email to MHFA@valleycities.org.
Mental Health First Aid trainings are funded by the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Plan Initiative PRI-07 – Mental Health First Aid.These sessions are open to the public, though space may be limited. Course and course materials are included (a $170 value per participant).