Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Alex Aguilera, teaching Adult Mental Health First Aid in Spanish.

Do you want to learn how you can help your friends, family and loved ones who may be experiencing a crisis or the onset of a mental health disorder? Since 2015, TCHNetwork has offered Mental Health First Aid- a course designed to help you build the skillsets you need to positively impact anyone struggling with their mental health.

Participants say… 

“When I left at the end of the class, I never thought that I would actually use the skills I learned in the class. But within a month I had assisted an individual who expressed a desire to end their life, I spoke to a friend who’s relative was incarcerated with mental health issues in the local jail, and assisted a family member experiencing a panic attack. I was fortunate to have learned what to say and how to help in all three of those situations.”

Adult Mental Health First Aid 

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or the onset of a mental health disorder. Topics covered in the one-day training include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions and participants learn the skills to help recognize these conditions and act to help individuals experiencing them. TCHNetwork has instructors that are trained to inspire public understanding and involvement through teaching the signs and symptoms associated with mental health and substance abuse issues, and in turn normalize the conversation about mental health while combating stigmas. This class is available in person or virtually, and in English or Spanish.

Youth Mental Health First Aid 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Topics covered in the one-day training include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. While initial signs of mental health conditions may arise during early childhood, and children of all ages may experience trauma, this training is focused on youth ages 12 to 18. This class is available in person or virtually, and in English or Spanish.

Teen Mental Health First Aid 

Teen Mental Health first aid is an exciting new program that builds on the lessons learned from the Adult Mental Health First Aid and the Youth Mental Health First Aid classes. Teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among their friends and peers. The training gives students the skills to have supportive conversations with their friends and to get a responsible and trusted adult to take over, as necessary. It is designed to be delivered in school in three interactive classroom sessions of 90 minutes each or six sessions of 45 minutes each. 

Ready to Participate?

We regularly schedule courses throughout the year in Ouray, Montrose, San Miguel and Delta counties. Due to COVID, we are offering some courses in a virtual format. Interested in scheduling a class for

your club, school, hospital, or organization? Contact Corinne Cavenderat

To participate in a class in your community, register below.


Crisis Resources

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 911 or contact one of the following crisis lines:

  • San Miguel County Sheriff Dispatch: 728-1911
  • Colorado Crisis Services, a statewide hotline: 844-493-TALK (8255)
  • Colorado Crisis Services Text Line: text TALK to 38255
  • Axis Health 24 hour support line: 1-970-252-6220

For a list of additional crisis resources, click here. 

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