Mental Health First Aid

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a FREE 8-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.


This training helps attendees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Currently, there are two specific trainings offered:

  • Mental Health for Adults - This focuses on mental health issues in adults.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid - this addresses mental health issues experienced by youth.

Both trainings are offered by Southside Behavioral Health's Prevention Team

Topics Covered:

- Depression and mood disorders

- Anxiety disorders

- Trauma

- Psychosis

- Substance use disorders

Upcoming Trainings

Mental Health First Aid

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 (Click Here to register)

If you are interested in holding a Mental Health First Aid Training for your organization (virtual or in-person), please contact Prevention at or call (434) 572-6916 EXT 1550


For more information on Mental Health First Aid, click here.


Virginia Department of Health - Suicide Prevention