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Mental Health First Aid - Adult Course

Preparing you to help others experiencing mental distress

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 8-hour course, you will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance  use.

The Adult Course is appropriate for anyone age 16 and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis. Topics include anxiety, depression, psychosis, suicide and substance use. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a nationally recognized certification.

This workshop is designed for every member of the community. It will be especially beneficial to for social service agency personnel, school and college teachers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, veterans affairs, law enforcement, first responders, church personnel, parents and family members.

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.

Seating is limited to 30.


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.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Please arrive for registration at 7:45 a.m.


Jennifer Gastley
(717) 337-4137


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. You are able to help a friend, family member or colleague upon completion of this training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify, understand and respond to the signs and symptoms of addiction and mental illness
  2. Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
  3. Learn about depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders
  4. Apply the 5-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help
  5. Understand what local resources are available and where to turn to guide someone towards getting appropriate professional help

Private Seminars Available

The Mental Health First Aid - Adult Course may be booked as a private seminar at your location. You can choose your schedule: one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions. A minimum of 10 people is required.

Gettysburg Hospital - Community Room A
47 Gettys Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-4137

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Jennifer Gastley
(717) 337-4137
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