Mental Health First Aid

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them.


Mental Health First Aid

You are more likely to encounter someone – friend family member, coworker, neighbor or community member – in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate help. Anyone can take the 8-hour course – first responders, students, teachers, faith leaders, human resources professionals and caring citizens.

The course teaches participants how to, among other things:

• Identify when a person is experiencing a mental health problem
• Select and implement appropriate interventions
• Secure appropriate care for a person experiencing a mental health problem

In addition, participants learn about warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse disorders. Each participant receives a manual to reinforce content of the 8-hour, interactive training and a certificate of attendance. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available for licensed professionals.

Sometimes the best first aid is you.

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Take a course, save a life, strengthen your community.

For additional information about Mental Health First Aid contact:

Jennifer Krehbiel

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Annual Mental Health Conference

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Mental Health KC 2020 CANCELLED


As concerns about the Coronavirus grow, the Metro Council has made the decision to cancel Mental Health KC 2020.

While the conference is something that we look forward to every year, we are more concerned with the wellness of our attendees and supporters. We are in communication with our speakers, sponsors and partners to create an event for 2021 and will be providing that information as soon as possible.

For those already registered for the conference, a refund will be issued soon. This will be issued directly from PayPal to the payment form that you used at registration. We ask for patience while we process these transactions.

We will continue to work within the community to share education and best practices about wellness and mental health.

Stay safe and stay well,
Metro Council


Email Jamie Katz or Email Abigail Gorham .

Community Mental Health Centers

The Metro Council includes these Community Mental Health Centers:

Comprehensive Mental Health
Johnson County Mental Health
Swope Health Services
Tri-County Mental Health
Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health
Wyandot Center
Mental Health America of the Heartland