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Mental Health Association
of the  Eastern Shore
Other Programs We Offer:
Learn the Symptoms of a Mental Illness and How to Respond


Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized, evidence based, interactive training that teaches the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and hot to assist a person experiencing a crisis. It is designed to bring greater awareness and understanding of mental health disorders to our community and promotes the importance of early intervention and emphasizes recovery for those who receive early and appropriate treatment.


MHAES has certified instructors ready to provide this 8-hour training to your group, business or organization. We offer several training programs that focus on specific age groups and the mental health issues they may experience. 


Continuing Education Units are available for social workers, counselors, psychologists and nurses.


There are two core programs:


ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: is appropriate for all members of the community and focuses on the most common signs of mental health disorders in adults. It is designed to increase mental health literacy and promotes greater awareness and understanding for those diagnosed with a mental illness and their caregivers.


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: is for parents, teachers, and caregivers of youth aged 12 - 17 and introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly teaches how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.


Other modules based on the core program that target specific age groups or populations:


HIGHER EDUCATION/YOUNG ADULT:  for the 18 - 25 age group.


OLDER ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: for adults over 60 years of age.


VETERANS: for service personnel and their families.


EMERGENCY PERSONNEL: ​for those who serve the community.



Please call 410-822-0444 or email dmurphy@ssw.umaryland.edu for more information or to register for a course.

Mental Health First Aid