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December 1, 2022

Using ALGEE to Support Adults with Developmental Disabilities

As Mental Health First Aiders, knowing how and when to support someone who is experiencing a distressing situation is vital,…

Be The Difference, Mental Health First Aid
closeup of a line of police officers
October 28, 2022

Mental Health First Aid in Action: The Importance of the…

What we say and do in response to the signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News, Public Safety
boys basketball team texting from the bench
October 18, 2022

What Student Athletes (and Their Coaches) Need to Know About…

In my sophomore year of high school, I took the teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course as part of…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Sports, Teen Mental Health, Youth Mental Health
dad and two young kids dance around the living room
October 10, 2022

10 Ways to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

Happy World Mental Health Day! Each year, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) joins the World Health Organization to raise awareness…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, Mental Health First Aid, News, recovery, Resources...
man and woman hugging warmly
man and woman hugging warmly
October 10, 2022

Compassion and Mental Health First Aid

With World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, it’s more than fitting to ponder how compassion shows up in the…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, World Mental Health Day
smiling male teacher stands in a classroom
October 4, 2022

4 Reasons to Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 65% of employees say they are rethinking the place that work should have in their…

Be The Difference, Mental Health First Aid, News
woman walks a fluffy white dog through an orchard of cherry blossoms
woman walks a fluffy white dog through an orchard of cherry blossoms
October 3, 2022

Living My Values

As a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer who is on the road and in virtual training spaces regularly, I…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, Self-Care
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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
woman presenting to a room full of colleagues
woman presenting to a room full of colleagues
September 20, 2022

Beyond the Classroom: How Mental Health First Aid Helps Your…

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is more than a vital awareness and education training. It’s also a great avenue for…

Be The Difference, Mental Health First Aid, Workplace
group of smiling people huddling in a circle
group of smiling people huddling in a circle
September 14, 2022

Suicide Prevention Month: A Resource Guide

In 2020, nearly 46,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide — an average of one person every 11 minutes…

Be The Difference, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide
rear view at sad man in a circle with supportive people
rear view at sad man in a circle with supportive people
September 6, 2022

Fentanyl Overdoses Spike, Mental Health First Aid Can Help You…

In June, two Ohio State University students died after taking what they believed to be Adderall, a prescription stimulant that…

Be The Difference, Healthcare, Mental Health First Aid, Opioid Epidemic, Substance Use
Girl hugging boy outside
Girl hugging boy outside
September 1, 2022

Suicide is Preventable: How to Help with Mental Health First…

If you or someone you know is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, contact someone immediately! • If you feel…

Be The Difference, Mental Health Month, Suicide, The "Awkward" Conversation

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