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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that educates individuals on how to identify risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use concerns, provides different strategies on how to assist someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to obtain assistance when needed. Here at Nueces Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, we offer an assortment of MHFA trainings tailored for specific areas of interest. MHFA can be utilized to save a life, just like CPR can save someone who is having difficulties breathing, or even a heart attack.
Who should take the course?
Anyone. This course provides the tools needed to assist someone experiencing possible mental health or substance use related crises, and how to connect them with area resources as need.

What will I learn in Mental Health First Aid?

  • Warning signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness.
  • How to apply a 5-step action plan to assist someone experiencing possible depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, panic attacks, nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and substance use disorders.
  • Professional and self-help resources
  • The opportunity to practice Mental Health First Aid through role plays, scenarios, and activities.

What Mental Health First Aid courses are available?

  • Adult MHFA
  • Youth
  • Higher Education MHFA
  • Military Members, Veterans, and their Families MHFA
  • Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety MHFA
  • Fire & EMS MHFA
  • Older Adults and Those Dealing with Later-Life Issues MHFA

How do I register?
The 8-hour Mental Health First course is available to all residents of Nueces County. Feel free to contact mhfa@ncmhid.org if you would like to request a specific course for your organization. Onsite training available upon request. Currently, we are able to offer MHFA trainings free of charge to all educators, faculty and staff, with Continuing Education Units available.

Please check back soon for upcoming courses. For more information, please contact Amanda Rodriguez at mhfa@ncmhid.org, or call 361.886.1331.



Please contact Amanda Rodriguez at mhfa@ncmhid.org, or call 361.886.1331 for any questions.