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  • Mental Health First Aid

    First aid for your mind

    It’s important

    Mental Health First Aid can teach you to see, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in your community. It can help get people talking about mental health instead of avoiding the topic. When we don’t talk about it, we can miss out on giving help to those who may need it. Anyone can receive training.

    Everyone in Pierce County can support well-being and healthy living.

    Behavioral health is how you think, feel and act. It’s key to your overall health. With training in Mental Health First Aid you can grow in your knowledge of it and gain new skills.

    You can learn how to support good mental health and you might just save a life. 


    You can attend a Mental Health First Aid training for youth, military, African Americans or a general audience. You will learn to:

    • Reduce the stigma of mental health.
    • Promote mental health literacy.
    • Increase awareness for mental health.
    • Increase the need for resources in your community.
    • Advocate for policy and system change that supports mental health.

    Mental Health First Aid instructors in and near Pierce County

    Name and emailOrganization Phone
    Elizabeth AllenTacoma-Pierce County Health Department
    Johanna Brickle*Washington DSHS (253) 303-2931
    Debra Brownlee*Brownlee Psychological Services(253) 241-4199
    Shermoin ClardyEvergreen Recovery Services/UW PCAP(253) 475-0623
    Stacy ClevelandTacoma Rescue Mission(253) 383-4493 x1151
    Tony Cloud*Washington DSHS; NAMI(509) 370-5638
    Bradley CotterValley Cities Counseling(206) 859-8825
    Kelli DelaneyUniversity of Puget Sound(253) 879-3250
    Paul SawsonLighthouse Christian Center(253) 230-7848
    Heather Daley (360) 556-1250
    Heather Fonseca-BaileyMultiCare Health System 
    Khalila FordahmUniversity of Puget Sound(843) 323-5472
    Eva FreyPacific Lutheran University(253) 535-7159
    Connie Gardner (253) 535-7018
    Beth HammondsPioneer Human Services(508) 255-3055
    Michael Hardie*POWERsource(253) 292-4193
    Ben HarrisTacoma Police Department;  
    Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy
    (253) 861-7945
    Erin HaydenBates Technical College(360) 789-0855
    Karen HyeFranciscan Medical Group(732) 829-8220
    Laura Inglis*Serenity Hope Counseling, PLLC (253) 951-8624
    Nancy KuhuskiWashington Department of Children, Youth & Families(360) 516-7153
    Kariann LeeUniversity of Puget Sound(253) 879-3336
    Laurel Lemke*POWERsource, NAMI Pierce County(253) 376-5086
    Verna Lilly* (253) 227-3411
    Marla MajorsSouth Sound Behavioral Hospital (Lacey)(253) 753-3388
    Derek MurphyOlalla Recovery Centers(253) 851-2552
    Anne NesbitKey Peninsula Fire Department(253) 884-2222
    Teresa PanHighline College(206) 592-3835
    Carmetrus ParkerIndependent(253) 224-5894
    James PressonTelecare Mental Health Services of WA(253) 355-4532
    Nelson Rascon*DadsMOVE(253) 230-3558
    Jamie Rettinger (206) 519-1826
    Luis Rivera ZayaTacoma Rescue Mission(253) 383-4493 x1130
    Peggy Rubens-Ellis** (206) 335-9051
    Luke RuizPacific Lutheran University(253) 535-8763
    Sarah ShivesUniversity of Puget Sound(253) 879-3325
    Dianna Sullivan*Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound(253) 970-2802
    Deborah Tannenbaum*Centene Corporation (Coordinated Care) 
    Bradley ThompsonKaiser-Permanente(206) 601-5442
    Lola TolobaReliable Enterprises(360) 219-7978
    Judi Weldy (253) 219-9339
    *—Certified for youth.**—Certified for youth
    but not adults.

    How to get help

    • Emergency medical services: Call 911.
      • Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 (Veterans, press 1).
      • Text: 741741, then hit “Send”.
    • Suicide Prevention
      • Suicide Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (TALK).
      • Safer Homes, Suicide Aware.
      • Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860.
    • Trevor Project (LGBTQ): (866) 488-7386.
    • Addiction recovery: (866) 789-1511.
    • Treatment referral: (877) 726-4727.
    • South Sound 211 (dial 211 in your phone).



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