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.

The November 5 workshop is being offered virtually.  The first two hours are comprised of pre-work at your own pace. The balance is a one-day interactive workshop. The workshop can also be offered in person. Please contact us for more information on hosting a workshop in person.

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 Wellbeing Specialist at Expedia Group and sits on the Ability Inclusion Movement board which supports employees and their loved ones with physical and mental disabilities. Laura is a frequent speaker at global mental health conferences where she shares her journey starting Expedia Group’s mental health program at a grassroots level, along with her lived experience with burnout and anxiety after a 20+ year career in the film and tech industries.


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.

Register here for the November 5 Virtual Workshop