Mental Health First Aid




In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, attention is focused on illness, death, dying and the economic consequences of a global pandemic. 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.


November 6, 2020

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

For now this is a virtual workshop. The first two hours are comprised of pre-work at your own pace. The balance is a one-day interactive workshop.

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.

Your Instructors

Laura DeCook is the Mental Health Lead at Expedia Group and sits on the Ability Inclusion Movement board which supports employees and their loved ones with physical and mental disabilitiesWorking with Mental Health First Aid around the globe, she has facilitated workshops that have certified over 150 people at Expedia Group. 

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. She currently leads two Tucson Peer Advisory Groups for the Women Presidents’ Organization.



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