By Staff     11/16/2020

We are all vulnerable to the effects of the current global pandemic. And even though the national election is over, it’s predicted that our nation will continue to be divided. Our world feels chaotic and it impacts our mental health, some more than others. It is our responsibility to reach out to those suffering in the midst of the turmoil, but how do we do that? What do we say? How do we help?”  

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training course designed to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

This training is helpful for any ministry leader, clergy, front desk staff, outreach ministers, or simply caring individuals. It is recommended for anyone who wants to serve in a mental health ministry. 

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.  

Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to: 

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities. 
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery. 
  • Assess their own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.


Call or email  Margery Arnold, Mental Health Ministry Coordinator, Office for Family Life, for more information: 

[email protected]; 657-206-4823