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.

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

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MHFA classes are only being offered virtually and on a very limited basis. To learn more or to enroll in an upcoming MHFA class, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785.228.3070. You must be enrolled in advance to be admitted into the classroom.

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Did you know?

80 percent of the children who complete their Early Childhood Intervention Program treatment plan go on to be successful in Kindergarten with no need for further intervention.