Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid LogoOne in four Americans suffers from a mental illness each year. For children, the number is one in five, and half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin prior to age 14.

You can help someone get the help they need – you may even save a life – by simply asking, “Is everything okay?”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a free eight-hour training that teaches members of the community how to help someone who may be developing or has a mental illness or who is in crisis. MHFA teaches you:

  • Signs of mental illnesses
  • The impact of mental illness 
  • A simple five-step action plan to assess a situation and help
  • Local resources and where to turn for help

There are two different MHFA classes: one that focuses on youth and another that focuses on adults. You can choose the class that best meets your needs.

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DATE CLASS LOCATION TIME
January 30 & 31, 2018 Adult

Valeo Behavioral Health

330 S.W. Oakley, Topeka

1-5:30 p.m.

March 6 & 7, 2018

Adult

Valeo Behavioral Health

330 S.W. Oakley, Topeka

1-5:30 p.m.
May 8 & 9, 2018 Adult

Valeo Behavioral Health

330 S.W. Oakley, Topeka

1-5:30 p.m.

This class is offered at no charge thanks to a generous grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. FSGC partners with Valeo Behavioral Health Care to teach this class throughout our community to anyone who wants to attend.

To learn more or to enroll in an upcoming MHFA class, contact Steve Christenberry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Did you know?

Each year, one in five children experiences a mental health issue that disrupts their life. Of those children, only one in three gets treatment.