Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.  

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. 

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

This training is intended for adults who work, mentor, or teach young people ages 8-18. The goal of the training is to teach adults to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health disorder or mental health crisis. Participants also learn a 5-step action plan to engage and ultimately guide young people to both professional and community resources that can help. 

This Dan Muxfeld Mental Health class is a two-part training. Part one is a self-paced, online overview of the entire training. Part two is a 5.5-hour instructor-led, virtual session. The online portion of the training must be completed before gaining admission to the instructor-led, virtual session.   

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. If you have questions or would like to enroll, call 608-643-7687 or email  

Classes Available: 

Monday & Wednesday, August 2 & 4, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (you must attend both nights) 

Where: Online and Virtual  

Cost: FREE (funded by a grant by Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation)

A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help. 

Mental Health First Aid trains you to identifyunderstand and respond to signs of mental illness.

For more information, contact:

Todd Wuerger, Executive Director
Phone: 608-643-7226