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Get Trained in Mental Health First Aid

Next classes to be held on the following dates:

March 10 at the North Olmsted Public Library 




Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.

**Mental Health First Aid has come to Greater Cleveland**

Mental Health First Aid of Cleveland
Hosts Area’s First Local ‘Mental Health First Aid’ Training

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

WHO:            Mental Health First Aid of Cleveland and Several local citizens Teachers, nurses, doctors, bartenders, police officers, beauticians, parents, retail workers, human resource workers, social workers, counselors and all others that are interested in learning how to help someone in a mental health crisis

WHAT:           First-ever training on mental health first aid in North Royalton, Strongsville and Beachwood Ohio

WHEN:           Three different dates and locations for your convenience

All classes run from 9-3pm and you need only attend ONE class.

 May 20, 2017 At the North Royalton Library 9:30-3:00 OR
June 10, 2017 At Beachwood Library 9:30-3:00
June 24th at the Strongsville Public Library
WHERE:         North Royalton Public Library is Located at 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133
Strongsville Library is Located at 18700 Westwood Dr, Cleveland, OH 44136
Beachwood Library is Located at 5501 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122

WHY:             Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including [AGENCY], to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit
Contact: Janine Smalley, 440-212-6769, 


  • This groundbreaking 8-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.
  • 1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
  • Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
“Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” says Linda Rosenberg President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”
Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the one in four Americans struggling with mental illnesses and addictions, including those experiencing suicidal thinking. This eight hour in-person training teaches people how to help people developing a mental illness or experiencing a crisis.
In 2014, Mental Health First Aid partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide (AFSP) to expand more Mental Health First Aid training capacity through their local chapters.
Individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:
  • Break down the bias against people living with mental illnesses, addictions and suicidal thinking.
  • Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help.Let individuals struggling with mental illnesses and addictions know that support is available in their community.Provide community resources.Make behavioral health care and treatment accessible to thousands in need.

Mental Health First Aid trainings teach ALGEE: a five-step action plan to recognize and help people struggling with a mental illness and/or an addiction or experiencing a crisis.
Assess for risk of suicide or self harm
Listen non-judgmentally
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies
When helping a person going through a behavioral health crisis, it is important to look for signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury or other harm. Some warning signs of suicide include:
  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
  • Seeking access to means to hurt or kill oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from family, friends or society
  • Appearing agitated or angry
  • Having a dramatic change in mood
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 40,600 suicides were reported in 2012.
  • At least 90 percent of people who died by suicide suffered with a mental illness, most often depression.
  • In 2012, someone in the U.S. died by suicide every 9 minutes.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Americans ages 15-34.
Suicidal thinking and behavior can affect anyone. The CDC reports suicide rates by four key demographic variables: age, sex, race/ethnicity and geographic region/state.

 Cleveland school district has highest suicide rates of any school district in the U.S.
According to the CDC, more high school students in Cleveland are attempting to take their own lives, than in any other American city.
Two out of every ten high school student enrolled in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, according to the CDC, tried to kill themselves in 2015. Twenty percent of the CMSD high school population is suicidal; one of the highest numbers in the United States.



Individuals who have taken the Mental Health First Aid course have a positive response to the training:


This program is a top-notch service to communities like ours; we are so grateful for the opportunity to have this program in our area.


“I’ve taken regular first aid, and I’ve used both, but certainly the opportunities to use Mental Health First Aid are much more abundant.”