How I Became a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Anita D Russell, Certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor


Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults ages 18 and over. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid, sometimes called Adult Mental Health First Aid, is available in English and Spanish.

How It Works


Self-Care Planning

Use this checklist to help ease anxiety

Working from Home

Use the tips from this mini-guide to ease the stress of blending work and home life

Wind Down and Relax

Sleep is a major component of a healthy life style

Yes, Self-care for Parents!

Tips and inspiration to help you no matter where you are on your self-care journey as a parent

Incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Mental Health First Aid

Historically marginalized communities face disproportionate challenges around access to and quality of mental health care

Suicide Prevention

Mental Health First Aiders Are...

Teachers, first responders and veterans.

They’re neighbors, parents and friends.

They’re people in recovery, and those supporting a loved one.

They’re First Ladies and Mayors.

Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community

healthier, happier and safer for all.

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