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WellSpan Philhaven is pleased to provide a certified and clinically proven Mental Health First Aid Training to community members at no cost.

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Preparing You to Help Others in Mental Distress

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 substance use disordersor experiencing a mental health crisis.

Philhaven mental health educators train thousands of people each year and have been designated Top Mental Health First Aid Instructors by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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 in Mt. Gretna or WellSpan Edgar Square in York, or at other community group locations.

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.

This training is provided at no cost to you as a community benefit of WellSpan Philhaven and through the support of generous donors. WellSpan Philhaven underwrites this program as part of our commitment to improve the mental health and resilience of our community.

Additional Course Offerings

Philhaven offers the following certified Mental Health First Aid trainings customized for these audiences:

  • Adults
  • Youth Workers
  • Fire and EMS
  • Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety
  • Military Members, Veterans and their Families
  • Older Adults
  • Higher Education
  • Rural Communities


Module Descriptions

For Adults

Mental Health First Aid for Adults 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 include anxiety, depression, psychosis, suicide, self-harm behavior, substance use and how to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose. This course is designed for every member of the community.

For Youth Workers

Mental Health Aid for Youth Workers is appropriate for anyone age 16 and older who regularly interacts with young people (ages 12-18). It is especially beneficial for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring community members who want to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in 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), self-harm behaviors and eating disorders.

Fire & EMS

Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel. This valuable resource can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers’ and families’ lives, and the communities they serve by teaching the skills needed to provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety

Mental First Aid for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety 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.

Military Members, Veterans and their Families

Older Adults Course

Higher Education Course

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See also QPR Suicide Prevention Training


Jayne L. Miller
Community Mental Health Education Coordinator
717-273-8871 ext. 2248

Special thanks to our Mental Health First Aid sponsors:

Lead Sponsor

Norman & Elizabeth Hahn Family Foundation

Silver Sponsor

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania