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May 29, 2020

Supporting SMP Employees During COVID-19

SMP offered Mental Health First Aid at Work (MHFA) training on February 13, and the timing was fortuitous. The workshop…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Workplace
May 21, 2020

How We Can Use Our MHFA Training During COVID-19

“This is an unusual time.” “This is an uncertain time.” “We are living in unprecedented times.” I never anticipated hearing…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Self-Care
May 11, 2020

Supporting Our First Responders, Inmates, and Communities with MHFA During…

What do we do when our world is turned upside down? During a pandemic, when the playbook is being written…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Public Safety
April 23, 2020

How I’m Using MHFA to Help My Community During COVID-19

On March 10, I stood in a classroom teaching Mental Health First Aid. I was three hours away from the…

Faith Communities, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Self-Care, Technology
March 2, 2020

The Role of MHFA in Catastrophic Events: Lessons Learned in…

Natural disasters affect lives and property in many ways, devastating communities through a chain of catastrophic sequences affecting social and…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News
January 23, 2020

Helping People: Why I Became a Youth Mental Health First…

When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher so I could help people. I would play “school”…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News
October 23, 2019

YMHFA is the Most Powerful Course Ever

Often, people suffer in silence rather than admit they are struggling and need help. And too often, people turn their…

Depression, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Youth Mental Health
September 26, 2019

Why Are We Afraid of Mental Health?

Eventually we have to ask ourselves, “Why are we afraid of mental health?” As my high school experience came to…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Schools, Teen Mental Health
September 26, 2019

teen Mental Health First Aid Taught Me How to Save…

I wanted to help them. I wanted to say something. But, what could I do? What could I say? When…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Schools, Teen Mental Health
September 19, 2019

teen Mental Health First Aid is the Reminder We Needed

Forgetting to do your homework, misplacing a project that is due or leaving your lunch at home are all minor…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Teen Mental Health
July 30, 2019

Trauma, Growth and Healing in Refugee Communities

My journey working with refugee communities started three-and-a-half years ago, when I worked as a case manager and coordinated employment…

Cultural Diversity, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Minority Health, News
June 24, 2019

tMHFA is a “Game Changer” Yes

I’ve never been embarrassed or felt shame about catching a cold or getting the flu. I remember having countless sports…

Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Schools, Teen Mental Health