Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidenced-based public education program that teaches people how to help someone with a mental health problem or crisis. Mental Health First Aid focuses on skills that can be used until professional help is available.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants to identify people who may need help with a mental illness, effectively communicate with them, and guide them to appropriate professional help. The goal of this training is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as using CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Some of the people who take Mental Health First Aid training include:

  • Educators/school administrators
  • College/university leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Members of faith communities
  • Homeless shelter staff and volunteers
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Police/first responders/security personnel
  • Mental health authorities
  • Policymakers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Consumers and family members
  • Caring citizens

MHFA training classes

Did you know that you’re more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack? The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help. Those who do want help often don’t know where to turn. Mental Health First Aid training equips the public to identify and help someone who is facing a mental health crisis.

For additional information on Mental Health First Aid Training, including registration fees and training times, call 630-646-5154 or mhfa@edward.org.

MHFA consortium instructors

Many people ask how they can become a MHFA instructor. The Linden Oaks Behavioral Health team is one of the first organizations in the Midwest trained to teach Mental Health First Aid. As trainers, our goal is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as using CPR in a cardiac emergency.

The MHFA Consortium is comprised of organizations that have designated specific employees to be MHFA instructors.

For more information on becoming a Mental Health First Aid consortium instructor, call at 630-646-5154 or mhfa@edward.org.

Mental Health First Aid talk show

The Mental Health First Aid talk show is a pre-recorded 30-minute show on mental health topics. The show discusses current mental/behavioral health topics and treatment. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid in this YouTube video series.

Training dates

MHFA Calendar

September

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Wednesday September 7 and 14, 2016
    • Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S Illinois Street, Plainfield, IL 60544 (presented by Linden Oaks)
    •  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Fee:  Course fee (cash or check): $40 payable
    • To register: CLICK HERE
  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank
    • 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • To register: CLICK HERE

October

  • Mental Health First Aid Training - Thursday, October 6, 2016
    • Linden Oaks at Elmhurst Hospital (Main Campus), 155 E. Brush Road, Birch Conference Room, Elmhurst, IL 60126
    • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Fee (cash or check): $40
    • To register: CLICK HERE

  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Thursday, October 6, 2016 and Thursday, October 13, 2016
    • Waubonsee Community College 
    • 5:00 - 9:15pm
    • Fee (cash or check): $79
    • To register: email wfd@waubonsee.edu or call (630) 906-4152
  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Thursday, October 20, 2016 and Friday, October 21, 2016
    • Belmont Village Senior Living 
    • 7:45 am - 12:15 pm
    • Fee (cash or check): $40
    • To register: CLICK HERE

November

  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and  Wednesday, November 16,  2016
    • Linden Oaks – St. Charles  3805 E Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
    • 5:00pm-9:00pm  *Must attend both dates to receive Certificate of Attendance
    • Fee:  Course fee (cash or check): $40 payable                
    • To register: CLICK HERE

December

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and  December 14, 2016
    • Linden Oaks –Naperville, 1335 N. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60563
    • 5:00pm – 9:00pm *Must attend both dates to receive Certificate of Attendance
    • Fee:  Course fee (cash or check): $40 payable 
    • To register:  CLICK HERE

January

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Saturday, January 14, 2017
    • First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn
    • 8:00am – 5:00pm
    • Fee (cash or check): $45 payable 
    • To register:  CLICK HERE