DHHS is committed to implementing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as part of Governor McCrory’s NC Center for Safer Schools and the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services’ Crisis Solutions Initiative. MHFA is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. MHFA uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. A version for veterans is also available.
For this initiative, DHHS is particularly interested in recruiting potential trainers from the faith communities and the NC Justice Academy. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a MHFA Trainer in North Carolina, please see the attached application for information regarding dates, locations and the application process. To further support statewide dissemination of MHFA, DHHS will also be providing coordination of statewide instructional support and assistance for new instructors in purchasing training manuals.

More information about Crisis Solutions North Carolina.

More information about MHFA.

For questions regarding NC’s Mental Health First Aid initiatives, contact tbohley@email.unc.edu.

North Carolina Mental Health First Aid Program Instructor Certification Application Packet