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    Mental Health First Aid

    Identify. Understand. Respond.

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you to see, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in your community. It helps you talk about mental health instead of avoiding it. When you don’t talk about mental health, you may miss opportunities to help people.

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

    Mental health plays a vital role to your ability to live a full, productive life. Mental Health First Aid training helps you develop new skills and promote good mental health. Learn to:

    • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
    • Interact with a person in crisis.
    • Connect a person experiencing challenges with help.
    • Reduce the stigma of mental health.
    • Promote mental health literacy.

    Do you live in Pierce County? Are you at least 18 years old? Sign up for a free training!

    For adults who work with youth:

      For adults who interact with other adults:

      Find help. Start here:

      Suicide & Crisis Lifeline—Connect with compassionate, accessible care and support for mental health-related distress any hour of any day: (800) 273-8255 (Veterans, press 1).

      Text CONNECT or MHFA to 741741 —Talk with a crisis counselor anytime, from anywhere in the USA.

      Trevor Project—Info and support for LGBTQ people any hour of any day: (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678.

      Trans Lifeline—A help line for trans people, by trans people any day, 7–1 a.m.: (877) 565-8860.

      Addiction recovery(866) 789-1511.

      Treatment referral(877) 726-4727.

      If you believe someone is having a life-threatening crisis, call 911.

      Questions about MHFA training?