Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training sessions

Ask the Experts by Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc. (TTI)

Q: Can you tell me about the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training sessions that will be offered through The Family Center this fall – who should attend and what can we expect if we do?

A: Just like First Aid and CPR training provide people with the skills to help someone experiencing a physical health crisis, Mental Health First Aid is a course, designed for lay people, to provide the skills needed to reach out to a person experiencing a mental health crisis. There are two primary formats for MHFA, Adults and Youth. The fall session we are hosting in September is focused on youth. The Youth Mental Health First Aid course is designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens. Anyone is welcome to attend.

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

The training introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help a youth experiencing a mental health crisis or challenge. You will participate in role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis.

Often, when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis the people around them do not intervene because they don’t know what to do and are afraid of making the situation worse by “saying the wrong thing.” This course does NOT train participants to diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, it offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”

For over 25 years, TTI has provided behavioral health (mental health) services and supports to individuals and families affected by disability. From outpatient therapy, to support/educational groups, to information and referral, TTI seeks to support children, teens, and adults with disabilities to live and participate fully in their communities. While the agency has six offices serving Southeastern Michigan, local offices in Sterling Heights and Troy serve Macomb and Oakland county residents.

Save the Dates
Presented by The Family Center in partnership with Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc., and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
Mental Health First Aid Training: For Adults Working/Interacting with Youth
Wednesdays, September 19 and 26, 5:30-9:30pm, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (16 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms)
Participants MUST attend both sessions to receive the 3-year certification

Attendance for this FREE program is limited to 30 pre-registered participants. Register early – online at or call 313.447.1374.

Enriched Communities Through Stronger Families
The Family Center serves as the community’s hub for information, resources and referral for both families and professionals. The Family Center is a non-profit organization founded to promote a deeper understanding of the role of parents and others in supporting our youth to become competent, caring and responsible community members.

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32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236