Mental Health First Aid

It's easy to tell when someone might be suffering from a heart attack, is choking, or is unable to breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety?

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thought and behaviors...) until appropriate professional, or other help such as peer and family, support can be engaged.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour certification course designed to help communities and frontline professionals better understand mental illness and to respond to psychiatric emergencies. Perfect for Primary Care Professionals, Local Business Leaders and Human Resource Departments, Parents, Teachers, and School Administrators or anybody who works with the public on a regular basis.

This course is delivered by Centers for Youth & Families staff who are certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors. The Centers offers this course at our facilities, and can also schedule/coordinate on-site MHFA trainings tailored to a particular audience or organization. Contact us for a quote on a private class for your organization.

Upcoming Course Dates:

**  Classes are held based on community demand and on a contract basis for groups. 

All community classes are one-day courses, held from 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m at the Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center - located in the Midtown area of Little Rock.

Course Fee: $75.00 per participant for the one day course

To register, print the Registration Form (PDF) and return via email to: or call 501.666.8686 ext 3505.

To secure a private training course for your group or office, please contact JoBeth McElhanon at