Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the crisis resolves.

Mental health problems are common and with the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are not informed. Professional help is not always on hand and most people often do not know how to respond when someone is in crisis. Therefore, frequently, people with mental health problems do not seek help.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Naples, email Kathryn at or call NAMI of Collier County 239.434.6726

You can also fill out the Mental Health First Air Registration Form.