Mental Health First Aid Training

What if you knew how to provide appropriate support and help a person secure assistance for mental health issues of concern?

KMHS provides Certified Trainers to conduct Veterans Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid to local groups and community members.  Since 2009, hundreds of Kitsap area residents have participated in the 8 hour, nationally acclaimed, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses.  KMHS regularly hosts MHFA offerings to the community at large, and upon request, frequently schedules classes to be conducted for businesses, agencies, schools, organizations, faith communities and others. 

Veterans Mental Health First Aid Training for adults helping Veterans

Veterans Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource making a difference in the lives of veterans, their families, and communities they live in.  Each veteran has a circle of family - significant other, children, parents, siblings and friends - that is impacted by military service.  Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions.  The 8 hour training uses a 5-step method to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and help an individual connect with appropriate care.  Key components of Veterans Mental Health First Aid include discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health; discussion of specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families, such as trauma, mental and physical, stress, separation, etc.; applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan in scenarios designed specifically for veteran's concerns; and review of common mental health resources for service members.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training for adults helping adults

KMHS’ Adult Mental Health First Aid trainers are available to conduct the internationally recognized Mental Health First Aid Training locally in Kitsap County. The 8 hour training helps an individual assess a situation and connect the person in crisis to the appropriate level of care, ranging from self-help strategies to professional treatment.

"Mental Health First Aiders" learn and practice a single strategy to respond to signs of mental health concerns, such as helping a person through a panic attack, or engaging with someone who is anxious or depressed. Useful for everyday events, the training will be especially helpful to persons working with the public - from law enforcement, to educators, to shelter workers, to banking and retail establishments. Communities who offer this training have experienced real benefits and KMHS is pleased to be able to offer Mental Health First Aid to our residents. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for adults helping adolescents and young adults

Youth Mental Health First Aid uses the same effective 5-step method to assist adults in helping adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns. It is designed for adult members of the public such as school staff, coaches, youth workers, and volunteers who may become aware that a youth or young adult is exhibiting signs of emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. It also provides some useful information on how to assist a young person who has had long term mental health challenges or history of a serious mental disorder.

Interested in Scheduling a Training Specific For Your Group or Organization?

Our Certified Trainers are available to conduct Veterans, Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, specific for your group or organization, here at KMHS or at appropriate venues within Kitsap County as our trainers' schedules permit.  The Course accommodates a minimum of 12 and maximum of 32 participants.  Courses off of our campus have specific venue requirements, but can be arranged.  Please E-mail the KMHS Development Office at if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Learn more and register for an upcoming training

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training, please review our Veterans Mental Health First Aid Training information sheet, our Adult Mental Health First Aid information sheet and Youth Mental Health First Aid Information sheet.  You may register via our secure online registration form for upcoming trainings below.  If you have further questions regarding the training please E-mail

Watch here for upcoming training announcements!

Mental Health First Aid Training is an international program which is offered by many organizations throughout Western Washington.  Click here to Find an upcoming Mental Health First Aid Course in your locality! 

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