Trainings @ Community Boards
Mental Health First Aid Certificate Training
With S. Brooke Briggance & Karina De Leon Montes
September 1st & 2nd | Online Via Zoom
Come join us in our first Mental Health First Aid Certification training led by Brooke Briggance and Karina De Leon Montes from the Cypress Resilience Project.

According to the CDC, one in five Americans experience a mental illness crisis each year. Yet, mental health stigma makes it difficult to talk about it and most people working with the public do not receive adequate training. We’re changing this!

Mental Health First Aid Certification covers identifying signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health issue, skills to provide support to individuals experiencing a mental health challenge, and action steps to manage a mental health emergency or crisis.

After the completion of 5 training hours by Zoom and 2 self-directed learning hours, you will receive the Mental Health First Aid professional certification conferred by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. The certificate lasts for three years and can be renewed online. You can add it to your resume and apply the skills in all aspects of life.

This training is excellent for mediators, coaches, teachers, and service providers who work directly with the public. You will receive the Zoom link upon completing your registration and payment. All materials you will need will be provided.
S. Brooke Briggance
Brooke Briggance comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and non-profit work. She began her career in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook in New York, and has experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy and reform. She served as the Executive Director of an education foundation and has worked as a consultant assisting in projects ranging from school district redesign, community engagement and best practices for non-profits. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Cypress Resilience Project and as Deputy Director for the FACES for the Future Coalition – both programs at Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA. Brooke has a B.A. in World Religions and Comparative Religions from SUNY Stony Brook. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult, Youth and teen), and a Certified Trainer in Trauma Informed Systems and Practice.
Karina De Leon Montes
Karina De Leon Montes is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Cypress. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her time at UC Santa Cruz, she created the Rigoberta Menchu scholarship to financially support students at Oakes College. Karina believes that everyone deserves equitable access to mental health resources, and is passionate about ensuring that community members have the skills to support each other during challenging times.
  • Dates & Times: September 1&2, Wednesday & Thursday
  • Time: Wednesday, 5:00-7:00pm & Thursday, 5:00-8:00pm PDT
  • Cost: CB Members, $85 & Public, $135 .
  • Location: Online via Zoom