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Mental Health Awareness & Training (MHAT)

Made possible through support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FDRHPO offers mental health awareness training to a wide variety of groups and stakeholders including educators, healthcare workers, community-based organizations, fire-fighters, EMTs, law enforcement, active-duty military, veterans and their families.



Through the MHAT program, FDRHPO provides trainings at no cost and prepares individuals to respond to persons with mental health challenges and disorders. Trainings are conducted using evidence-based curriculums and offered by certified instructors who implement trainings with fidelity.

Trainees receive the knowledge, skills, confidence, and resources to recognize certain signs and symptoms and to safely respond to individuals with mental illness, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED). Individuals trained might use these skills and resources to help others access needed mental healthcare from within their own families, their places of employment, their communities, or their places of worship.

Training opportunities are also available for those interested in becoming certified evidence-based curriculum instructors. 

Our current training opportunities include the following (click links to find out more about each opportunity):

Here's more about each training:


Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.


Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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.


Adolescence is a time of critical change and development, and the time when mental health challenges may first emerge. Those challenges may be the cause for falling grades, problems with close relationships and substance use. Take comfort knowing that your students will be prepared to provide support for their peers as well as better cope with mental health challenges themselves — and get assistance from a trusted adult. tMHFA was brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation and is tailored to the unique experiences and needs of young people. Its plain language ensures learners at all reading levels can easily follow along


QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. Quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Adult MHFA
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