Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)

Made possible through support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FDRHPO offers mental health awareness training to a wide variety of groups and stakeholders including educators, healthcare workers, community-based organizations, fire-fighters, EMTs, law enforcement, active-duty military, veterans, and their families.  

Through the MHAT program, FDRHPO provides trainings at no cost and prepares individuals to respond to persons with mental health challenges and disorders. Trainings are conducted using evidence-based curriculums and offered by certified instructors who implement trainings with fidelity.  

Trainees receive the knowledge, skills, confidence, and resources to recognize certain signs and symptoms and to safely respond to individuals with mental illness, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED). Individuals trained might use these skills and resources to help others access needed mental health care from within their own families, their places of employment, their communities, or their places of worship. 

Training opportunities are also available for those interested in becoming certified evidence-based curriculum instructors. Contact Mariah Baker at for more information.  

Our current training opportunities include the following: 

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
  • Mental Health First Aid for Teens (tMHFA) 
  • Mental Health First Aid for Fire/EMS 
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training 
  • Train the Trainer Opportunities 
  • AMHFA 
  • tMHFA 
  • QPR 

Our work includes campaigns to raise awareness about the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorder, promoting available services and resources in the region, enhancing cultural competency through marketing campaigns and trainings, posting geo-targeted mobile advertisements, and developing locally produced provider education videos and public service announcements. 

More About our Trainings 

A wide variety of trainings are available through our MHAT Program 


Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 


Mental Health First Aid for Teens was brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation and is tailored to the unique experiences and needs of young people. Its plain language ensures learners at all reading levels can easily follow along. Adolescence is a time of critical change and development, and the time when mental health challenges may first emerge. Those challenges may be the cause for falling grades, problems with close relationships and substance use. Take comfort knowing that your students will be prepared to provide support for their peers as well as better cope with mental health challenges themselves — and get assistance from a trusted adult. 

 MHFA for Fire/EMS 

MHFA for Fire/EMS is a trusted evidence-based and early intervention training program for Firefighters and EMS personnel. Strengthen your community and get your firefighters and EMS personnel certified in Mental Health First Aid for Fire/EMS. 

 QPR Training 

QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. Quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.