Mental Health First Aid

Would you know what to do if a neighbor, co-worker or family member was experiencing symptoms of mental illness?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a method that can help a person developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis. The training is both powerful at combating stigma and providing support to those with mental illnesses. There is a strong emphasis on suicide prevention throughout the training. MHFA provides training to the public to better understand the real struggles a person with mental illness is experiencing.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to educate members of the public to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person to appropriate professional help

MHFA training helps an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until professional help arrives.

Ventura County Behavioral Health is committed to providing MHFA training to individuals and organizations within our community who most often come in contact with our community members.

If you or your organization is interested in learning more about becoming an MHFA trainer, please contact