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Training Overview

It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking or can’t breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? Would you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide?

The Mullins Charitable Funds, in partnership with the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, offers Mental Health First Aid training in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

The Mental Health First Aid course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide front-line help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues or others within the community.

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. The course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a five-day training and meet certification requirements.

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What You Will Learn

The eight-hour course provides you with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for someone who is showing these signs. 

In the Mental Health First Aid training, you will learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns in youth and adults
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance abuse
  • A five-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or crisis
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources

One in five adults in any given year experience a mental illness or crisis. At the end of this course, you will be prepared to help a friend, family member, colleague or person in need. 

I am a foster and adoptive parent of three children who have significant trauma and mental health concerns. This experience has led me to work in children’s mental health advocacy and become the Executive Director of CASA of Linn County. As one of the area’s first Mental Health First Aid trainers, my passion is educating our community to decrease stigma and increase people’s ability to help others.
Hilary Harrison, Health Education Coordinator – Mental Health Samaritan Health Services
I first noticed the importance of mental health resources after my Marines returned home from Fallujah, which was the worst battle since Hue City, Vietnam. That experience positively changed how I debriefed my Marines after missions during my two deployments. As the Veterans Navigator with Samaritan, I meet with veterans every day and see the impact Mental Health First Aid can make. I believe through education we can help eliminate the stigmas associated with mental illness and provide mental health care on the frontlines.
Kyle Hatch, Veterans Navigator Samaritan Veterans Outreach
I am a clinical social worker with a passion for increasing awareness and understanding about mental health. Mental Health First Aid training is a great vehicle for spreading the word that stigma is hurtful, the mind and body are both vulnerable to illness, and recovery is possible. 
Jana Svoboda, Mental Health Therapist

For more information, please contact us at or 541-768-6811.