Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance abuse. 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.

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, attention focused on the illness itself. Not as obvious is the mental health crisis that has emerged due to loneliness, isolation, fear and uncertainty.

Topics Covered

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Trauma
  • Suicide prevention
  • Substance abuse
  • Psychosis

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 $215 (USD) per attendee and is valid for 3 years. Corporate rates are available for companies wanting to train 15-30 employees. Contact us directly for group rates.

Upcoming Courses

Friday, April 26

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Friday, July 19

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Your Instructors

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.


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.