Sponsor a Mental Health First Class (MHFA) Class 

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


mental health first aid

training & certification

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.

Get trained! Training is easy and is conducted in two 3-hour sessions over ZOOM. For a limited time our cost is $111. 

Why Mental Health First Aid?


This training teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to the appropriate care.


American Foundation for suicide prevention

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness

National Institute of Mental Health

From 1999 to 2016


people died from


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who should take the training?

    • Directors

    • Educators

    • Employers

    • Government Employees

    • Veterans, Active Duty, & Families

    • Customer Service Workers

    • Food & Beverage Service

    • Community Members

    • Caring Individuals

What the course covers?

  • How to interact with a person in crisis

  • How to connect the person with help.

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.

  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use.

After 3 years
73% OF
report using skills learned
in Mental Health
Fist Aid training.

Topics covered:

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Trauma

  • Psychosis

  • Substance Use disorders​

  • PTSD

  • How stigmas affect our preception of mental illness and how WE can change that.

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

  • Community research information and support.

Training details:

  •  COST: $111 per person

  • Contact Us for Non-Profit Rates & Group Rates 

  • DURATION: This training is 8-hours and can be taught in one day or in two 4-hour days. 

  • Click HERE to set up a class 

  • Click HERE to ask questions about our next MHFA class

  • Click HERE to find out about our corporate MHFA classes

Learn to apply skills:

    • Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

    • Listen non judgmentally.

    • Give reassurance and information.

    • Encourage appropriate professional help.

    • Encourage self-help and other support strategies.