What is
Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 
An 8-hour training course in Mental Health First Aid has been designed to give you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.
Frontier Health's Appalachian Angel Aid, Brandy Matsburger, LBSW, M.Ed., has graciously offered to lead these trainings for partners of the Holy Friendship Collaborative. The trainings may be scheduled for individuals or groups, and can even be brought to your church or organizational facility for a group training. To schedule, contact Brandy at bmaltsbu@frontierhealth.org or (423)895-4436; or visit  www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org  or email Info@MentalHealthFirstAid.org. You may also contact Teronya Holmes, Holy Friendship Collaborative's Regional Project Facilitator, at Teronya@holyfriendshipcollaborative.com, or (423)863-6745, for assistance in setting up this training. 
What It Covers:
  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse
  • How to interact with a person in crisis
  • How to connect the person with help
  • How to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose.
Who Should Take It?
  • Faith leaders
  • Community Members
  • Caring Individuals
  • Employers
  • Police Officers
  • Hospital Staff
  • First Responders
The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies