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Mental Health First Aid

WellSpan Philhaven is pleased to provide a certified and clinically proven Mental Health First Aid Training to community members at no cost. This 8-hour training will equip people who may not possess mental health clinical training to identify, understand and respond to someone who is dealing with mental health problems or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Why should I take this training?
One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis happens. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to help a friend, family member or colleague in need of assistance.

In the same way that CPR helps you assist an individual having a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related problem or crisis–even if you have no clinical training. In this course, you will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

Choose a date offerered at WellSpan Philhaven's Training Center, or at other community groups. Available dates

Book a private training for your organization
Call today to book your private seminar at your location. You can choose your schedule: one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions. Contact Jayne Miller for more information or to schedule your training. A minimum of 15 people is required.

There is no charge for the training. WellSpan Philhaven underwrites this program as part of our commitment to improve the mental health and resilience of our community.


Mental Health First Aid PhotoAdult Course
Mental Health First Aid – Adult Course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide, psychosis and substance use disorders.

Youth Course
The Youth Course teaches those who regularly interact with young people how to intervene with adolescents ages 12-18 who are experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Public Safety Course
The Public Safety Course provides police, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety audiences with more options to deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses, enabling them to respond to mental health related matters appropriately without compromising safety.


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QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer — three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR Suicide Prevention learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

QPR Suicide Prevention is a nationally certified program taught by certified trainers. Those completing the course will receive a certificate. The course focuses on training individuals to be “Gatekeepers” – someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Gatekeepers can be anyone but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

This customizable 2 to 3 hour course is available to individuals and community groups at no charge as part of WellSpan Philhaven’s commitment to improving the mental health and resilience of our community.

QPR Gatekeeper Training Teaches:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis


Visit the QPR Institute website to learn more.

See also Mental Health First Aid.


Jayne L. Miller
Mental Healthcare Educator
717-273-8871 ext. 2248




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