What are Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes all about?? Why should I take a class??
In a partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health, BCC Evolution hosts Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training across Colorado.
Mental Health First Aid is open to all and is for anyone wanting to help another person!
MHFA is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.
The CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
Just like CPR and Medical First Aid is for everyone, Mental Health First Aid is also. 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. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including BCC Evolution, 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.
Register today to take the Mental Health First Aid course. You could help save a life!
***Upon completion of the training, trainees will receive a Certificate of Completion***
Case Studies: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/about/case-studies/
Want to sponsor or host a MHFA class at your home, work, school, church or organization?
Minimum of 5 participants, max 30 per class
Must have a space to fit the amount of participants including chairs and tables so participants are comfortable for 8 hours
Must have a HDMI hook up or place for a projection screen to be set up
Choose "Adult" or "Youth" version, not sure which? Tell us your goal and we will give you our suggestion
Pricing varies depending on amount of participants and distance educator has to drive
To inquire about sponsoring/hosting please send an email to
We are always excited to partner with groups, companies, schools and families.
“The day after I completed the training, my usually reliable friend didn’t come to church services, which was out of character. My roommate and I were concerned because we knew she was struggling with depression and anxiety, so we texted her. She responded that she was having a really bad time and she decided to stay home. It was a red flag, so we left early and went to see her….As soon as we walked into her apartment, the ALGEE action plan I had learned in the training clicked in….She’s working with a counselor and doing much better now. She still has her ups and downs, but when I see her, she seems to be dealing well with her challenges. I’m not sure how differently things would have gone if I hadn’t had a plan to follow in that situation. But thanks to my Mental Health First Aid training, I didn’t have to find out.” – Ethan Call, Psychology Student, Brigham Young University
“Our small community, Camanche, Iowa, has been greatly affected by suicide. We have suffered 22 losses during the last 15 years. The knowledge we all took away from [Mental Health First Aid] was priceless. From the moment this class began we were able to relate to the information that was provided to us due to the great communication skills and knowledge of the two Instructors. While mental health is a topic that many wish to not discuss, we feel that the Mental Health First Aid class was essential in bringing the knowledge and awareness our community is striving for. This program is a top-notch service to area communities like ours and we are so grateful for the opportunity to have this program in our area.” –Nikki Carber, Speak Out Against Suicide
“During the second day of [Mental Health First Aid] training, one of our participants left the class because of a phone call that needed his attention. He was gone for about 45 minutes. He returned to the training room a little pale and sat in class appearing to recollect himself. About an hour later, when we were going over ALGEE (the 5-step action plan) for one of the last times in the training, the man raised his hand and said, “ALGEE really works.” He proceeded to tell us that he had to step out of the training and talk to his daughter who is away at college. His daughter was distraught and in a ‘very dark place’ in her mental state. He continued that he was caught off guard and for a moment did not know how to respond until he thought about what we were just discussing in class. His demeanor was serious and astonished on how well the ALGEE Action Plan worked and he then went through each letter and explained how he used it to help his daughter through a difficult time.” –Barry Groesch, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health