Mental Health First Aid

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, attention has largely focused on the illness itself, along with the economic consequences. Not as obvious is the mental health crisis emerging due to loneliness, isolation, fear and uncertainty.

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Topics Covered

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

The certification is $225 (USD) per attendee and is valid for 3 years. Contact us directly for group rates.

2021-22 Upcoming Courses

Friday, February 17;  8 am – 2 pm Pacific Time

Breaks are built into the day. You must attend both days of the 2-day class to receive certification.

Your Instructors

After more than two decades in the film and tech industries, including a decade at Google, Laura followed her passion and started working in mental health by building the wellbeing program at a major technology company. Named a “Mover and Shaker” in the mental health industry, Laura has contributed to such publications as Forbes and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. She is a frequent speaker at global mental health conferences where she provides best practices and insights to corporations looking to build their wellbeing programs. Laura is located in Petaluma, California.



Kandy Hirsch, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice for more than 20 years. She is a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid, a certified MHS 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Coach and workshop facilitator, and a Positive Intelligence™ Coach.  She currently leads three Tucson Peer Advisory Groups for the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Please follow this link to register.