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circle of people holding hands raised in the air
September 26, 2022

Supporting a Loved One During National Recovery Month with Mental…

September marks National Recovery Month, an annual observance to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, recovery, Substance Use
youth posing for a picture
youth posing for a picture
August 12, 2022

An Essential Education: Mental Health First Aid for Emerging Adults

As young adults carve out their place in the world, their new interests and pursuits often push them away from…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Healthy Holidays, Mental Health First Aid, Schools, Youth Mental Health
a veteran in a wheelchair hugging their children
a veteran in a wheelchair hugging their children
May 27, 2022

Supporting Veterans and Service Members on Memorial Day

Throughout my Army career, I carried a piece of paper folded in the breast pocket of my uniform with a…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health Month, News, Self-Care, Veterans
Derrick Sanders in front of a police vehicle
Derrick Sanders in front of a police vehicle
May 25, 2022

Mental Health First Aid is the Invisible Tool We All…

Deputy sheriff. Army veteran. Crisis intervention specialist. Hostage negotiator. These titles paint a picture of the multitude of trainings I’ve…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health Month, Public Safety
Alexander Hardy writing down reasons why he's a 'mhfa instructor.'
Alexander Hardy writing down reasons why he's a 'mhfa instructor.'
April 26, 2022

Five Ways to Use Food as a Tool for Practicing…

As a grits-powered mental health programming developer, facilitator and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, food is more than a…

Guest Commentary, News, Self-Care
April 7, 2022

Alcohol Use Disorder is Not a Choice: Understanding and Supporting…

Many of us may be familiar with the phrase, “Hindsight is 20/20.” I know I am. I routinely wish I…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Substance Use
March 4, 2022

On Employee Appreciation Day 2022, Focus on Mental Health

More than 33 million U.S. workers have quit their jobs since Spring 2021, and this wave, dubbed the “Great Resignation,”…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Workplace
December 7, 2021

tMHFA Taught Me How to Take Care of My Own…

Everyone faces stressors in life, especially in high school. Things like forgetting to do a school assignment, being late for…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Teen Mental Health
August 30, 2021

tMHFA Taught Me to Take Care of My Mental Health…

In my sophomore year at Bellows Free Academy High School (St. Albans, Vermont), I attended a small conference at nearby…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Sports, Teen Mental Health
May 28, 2021

Voices of Mental Health First Aid: Divine Disruption and Compassionate…

I became a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor to address the mental health stigma that exists among Black men…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Month, News
May 28, 2021

Voices of Mental Health First Aid: tMHFA Prepared Me to…

Mental health is a very important topic that needs to be talked about more often. Mental health challenges are more prevalent in our society now than ever before. In…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Month, News, Teen Mental Health
May 27, 2021

Voces de Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental: Brindar esperanza me…

En noviembre de 2011 obtuve mi certificación como rescatista en Primeros Auxilios para la Salud Mental. Me impresionó mucho todo…

En Español, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Month, News, Workplace