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In response to our nation’s ongoing mental health emergency, nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider Community Health Resources (CHR) is offering life-saving Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout the region.

This comprehensive, skills-based course teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health or substance use challenges.

“Just as CPR is a tool to use when someone is having a heart attack, MHFA is a tool to help recognize when someone is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis and responding appropriately,” said Heather Gates, President/CEO of CHR. “There’s never been a more important time to share this information.”

Recognized as the gold standard in mental health training, more than 3 million people worldwide have completed the MHFA and Youth MHFA curricula. The training is accessible and appropriate for anyone: no prior education or knowledge about behavioral healthcare is required.

The training is available in-person or virtually and covers a 5-Step-Action Plan that guides participants through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. Across all platforms, participants have reported that the training is relaxed, well-paced, easy to understand, and includes helpful real-life scenarios and interactive learning.

“I strongly encourage everyone to learn more and consider signing up for this valuable training. In today’s world, you never know when you may need it. These tools can literally help you to save a person’s life – a friend, colleague, family member or anyone in your life,” Gates added.

To learn more about CHR’s MHFA program, or to register for a training, please visit our website at or, listen to our podcast at:

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