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Please join Friends Hospital and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) as we work together to implement Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in Philadelphia.  As one of the first metropolitan areas in the US to implement MHFA, our goal is twofold:

  • to teach community members how to identify and respond to a person experiencing a behavioral health problem or crisis;
  • to provide first aid until appropriate treatment and support are received or the crisis resolves.


Who Should Attend?

These trainings are especially designed for clergy and members of the faith-based community.  Experience dealing with mental health issues and emergencies is NOT required.


What does the training involve?

In order to become certified as a Mental Health First Aider, individuals must complete an interactive 12-hour course that provides an overview of the signs of behavioral health issues. The course also includes developing an action plan to provide initial assistance for people dealing with behavioral health challenges. The course is taught by certified instructors who have successfully completed a 5-day Train the Instructor program offered by National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.  The training is provided free of charge to participants.


Important Dates:



There are two training sessions to choose from:



Session I - Monday 7/23/12 and Tuesday 7/24/12,

8:30am to 4:00pm each day

Click here to register for Session I




Session II - Monday 9/10/12 and Tuesday 9/11/12,

8:30am to 4:00pm each day

Click here to register for Session II


The trainings will take place in the Scattergood Auditorium at Friends Hospital, 4641 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia PA.  Seating is limited so please register early.  Lunch will be provided each day.  Ample free parking is available. 



For More Information:

For more information about the training sessions being offered at Friends Hospital, please contact Liz Walsh at (215) 831-3549 or via email at For additional information on DBHIDS' MHFA initiative, please contact Mary Harper at (215) 685-5422 or via email at

Thank you for your attention and response. We look forward to seeing you at one of the trainings.




Elizabeth Walsh
Friends Hospital

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Thanks for sharing this, Rachel! The training was informative and a reminder that behavioral/mental health deserves just as much attention and care as physical health conditions. If anybody is interesting in becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid and becoming a caring resource in the community, I strongly encourage you to attend the September session!



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