Mental Health Education

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-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.
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Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, a close friend, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle, or sit in the same church pew.
Being able to identify and address when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis is critical to one’s overall health. Compeer is the leading provider of mental health education in Western New York through the courses offered in Mental Health First Aid, training more than 5,000 individuals.

Mental Health First Aid Training

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More than 4,500 people across Western New York have been trained by Compeer in Mental Health First Aid! This number continues to grow as more and more individuals are learning about this curriculum.
The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including Compeer, to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses.
  • People who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid courses learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.
  • Like traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  • Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.
  • Compeer offers trainings throughout the community and will also coordinate trainings for specific groups – including, but not limited to, work sites, colleges, churches, schools, and law enforcement.

For information on scheduling a Mental Health First Aid training contact Katie Walsh, Director of Mental Health Education, by emailing her at or 716.883.3331.

Also, for more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.

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