Free Mental Health First Aid Program Available to Employers

March 14, 2024. The Mental Health First Aid – or MHFA program – at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care is partnered with King County to provide mental health first aid training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training benefits organizations like the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and its members by equipping employers, employees, and volunteers with the necessary tools to recognize when they, or someone they know, may need mental health support. 

The MHFA program offers one-day mental health training at no cost to employers. MHFA teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. Participants build the skills and confidence they need to reach out and provide initial support to struggling people. Training participants also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support. To learn more details about the youth and adult training, click here.

The MHFA training is offered to employers on weekdays and Saturdays and is available in person and virtually. Currently, training is scheduled, and anyone can join. MHFA is also working on scheduling additional training dates for the remainder of 2024. The following are trainings currently scheduled:

English led trainings:  

  • Saturday, March 30thadult virtual class, click here to register 
  • Friday, April 5thadult virtual class, click here to register                             
  • Wednesday, March 20thyouth virtual class, click here to register
  • Thursday, April 11thyouth virtual class, click here to register

Spanish led trainings: 

  • Saturday, March 23rdyouth virtual class, click here to register
  • Saturday, April 6thyouth virtual class; click here to register 
  • Saturday, March 30thadult virtual class; click here to register 
  • Saturday, April 13thadult virtual class; click here to register 

In-person trainings:   

  • Friday, April 5th, in-person Youth training in Kenmore WA, click here for more information and to register.
  • Thursday, May 2ndAdult (English) class in Renton, WA; click here to register.   

If you’d like to learn more, have questions, or are interested in setting up a training, you can find more information and all upcoming trainings on the Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care website.