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The VA Way also offers Veteran/Active Duty MHFA classes, lead by Veterans! 

Sponsor a Mental Health First Class (MHFA) Class 

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.

Mental Health First Aid teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. This 8-hour training gives the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

Topics covered: 

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Trauma

  • Psychosis

  • Substance Use disorders

  • How to break down the stigma associated with substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and more.

  • How to reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help.

  • Community research information and support.

Interested in sponsoring a class? Email
va way founder, John way
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