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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
people doing yoga outside
people doing yoga outside
June 21, 2022

Prioritizing Mental Wellbeing in the Summer

After what feels like an eternity of stay-at-home orders and roped off public spaces, a somewhat “normal” summer is a…

Mental Health First Aid, News, Self-Care
Young women applying to be MHFA Ambassador
Young women applying to be MHFA Ambassador
June 13, 2022

Ignite Awareness: How to Be a Mental Health First Aid…

It’s no secret that there is an unprecedented mental health crisis in the U.S. However, there is something we can…

Be The Difference, Mental Health First Aid
A father talking to his daughter
A father talking to his daughter
June 6, 2022

How Mental Health Challenges Can Manifest in Youth

*If your child does or says anything that indicates they have a desire to hurt themselves or others, take them…

Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Teen Mental Health
teens smiling and talking in a group
teens smiling and talking in a group
May 31, 2022

How to Talk to Your Teen About Tobacco Use

Tobacco use has often been portrayed as harmless, something the “cool” kids do, especially in popular TV shows aimed at…

Mental Health Month, Substance Use, Teen Mental Health, 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
A woman smiling at her desk at work
May 19, 2022

Why Employers Should Invest in Employee Mental Wellbeing

This month, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing scheduled a mental health day to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month.…

Mental Health First Aid, News, Workplace
people smiling putting their hands in a circle
people smiling putting their hands in a circle
May 9, 2022

National Prevention Week: A Resource Guide

May 8-14 is National Prevention Week, an annual observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)…

Mental Health Month, News, Opioid Epidemic, Substance Use
A father putting his hand on his son's shoulder
May 3, 2022

Our Youth Are in Crisis, But It Is Not Too…

Our youth need our help. A new CDC survey shows significant increases in high school students reporting persistent feelings of…

News
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
Woman breathing calmly in front of a lake
Woman breathing calmly in front of a lake
April 12, 2022

Use Person-First Language to Reduce Stigma

For millennia, people living with mental health and substance use challenges were imprisoned, tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment. Our…

Mental Health First Aid, News
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

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