Many of us experience a mental health issue at some point. Maybe we deal with stress, anxiety, or depression. Or we rely too heavily on alcohol or other substances to cope with life. Often, we keep these struggles to ourselves… until we can’t bear it anymore. Then, the cracks begin to show.

In these moments, we need people around us who care enough–and know enough–to help us. Mental Health First Aid training gives everyday people the skills to engage and support others who are struggling with mental health or substance use.

As part of our community programs, we work closely with other community-based organizations to provide training sessions for their teams. Additionally, individuals may register for scheduled Mental Health First Aid trainings without being part of a nonprofit or organization.

Mental health is a public health issue

Santa Clara County considers mental health and substance use a public health crisis. Nearly 23% of adults reported having a mental illness in 2021. The effects of these conditions show themselves across our community. And you can help.

What is Mental Health First Aid training?

Mental Health First Aid training is similar to CPR, giving people the tools to respond to emergencies. Mental Health First Aid training teaches people how to recognize a mental health crisis and respond.

Mental Health First Aid training empowers people with greater mental health literacy and empathy when they see others in need of help. It does not teach you to diagnose or treat mental health issues, but rather to address a crisis and connect people to resources.

Attendees learn:

  • signs, symptoms, and risk factors of mental health or substance use conditions
  • words and actions to respond
  • how to connect people with care or local resources

The training prepares everyday people to respond and help those around them, whether they are strangers, friends or family.

Mental Health First Aid training benefits the entire community

Millions of people around the world have taken the Mental Health First Aid training. Those who completed the training are able to:

  • identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge.
  • connect people with resources
  • feel empathy toward people coping with mental illness
  • receive care for their own mental health
  • start safe conversations around mental health

Why partner with Momentum for Health?

Momentum for Health has a long history of providing mental and behavioral health services to Santa Clara County. Our approach to care addresses the whole person, including physical, social, and emotional needs. We know the unique challenges of our community and care about the health and well-being of everyone in it.

Learn more and schedule a training session

Contact us at to learn more about scheduling a Mental Health First Aid training session for your organization. If you are an individual seeking training, please visit our event calendar to register.