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Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is similar to CPR for physical first aid, and the national certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health is earned via the 8-hour training course.  Classes can be as large as 30 students with certified instructors.   Group sessions and individual registrations are available.

DaySpring is the perfect setting for the one-day training, with our state-of-the-art facilities and access to 97 acres of natural resources and contemplative spaces for walking and quiet reflection.   Lodging is available for overnight stays with an advance reservation.

Group sessions: To schedule a group training for up to 30 people from your organization, contact our Reservations department who will book your space reservation and connect you to a certified instructor for details about the curriculum.

Individuals: DaySpring is committed to hosting monthly open-registration MHFA certification classes for individuals at our safe and sacred place.  The training includes lunch at Curry Hall.  The general public may access the training for a fee of $125 per person.  Several of our partners in this important community initiative are funding this cost, specifically:

  • The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is providing the cost of MHFA training to those who work in nonprofit organizations, faith communities and educational settings free of charge.  See more information at https://cftampabay.org/mentalhealth/.
  • Funding opportunities via sponsors in the Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples areas will be announced soon.

Mental Health First Aid Training at DaySpring

*Sponsored by our partners at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Love IV Lawrence Foundation

Upcoming Open-Registration Courses for individuals:

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Friday, July 16, 2021
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021

Individuals register here (Use ‘class code’ MHFA for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay initiative).

Printable flyer is here

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I’m truly grateful for the invitation to the training. I got so much from the program and learned how to overcome some of the barriers to truly reach out and help- the language piece alone was worth the trip! There are so many positive takeaways that everyone can use, and at the very least start the conversation and begin removing the stigma. I loved the comment, “Shine a light into the dark space”. Please let me know how I can help.

- Laura -