Mental Health First Aid

Burke provides mental health first aid to provide East Texans with skills so that they may help someone who may be in crisis or showing the signs of mental illness.

Participants are trained how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

Why is it Important?

Mental illness is common. One in five adults experiences mental illness in a given year.  Mental Health First Aid gives participants the tools they need to help friends, family, colleagues and community members who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

What Will I Learn?

  • Warning signs, symptoms and risk factors.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone in crisis or showing signs of mental illness.
  • Professional and self-help resources.

Course Types

Adult Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who wants to learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis or showing early signs and symptoms.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who works with youth ages 12-18. Instructors review the unique risk factors and warning signs for this age group. Instruction emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how adults can help youth experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.

Who Should Take Mental Health First Aid?

Anyone who wants to ready themselves to help others in crisis should take Mental Health First Aid.

  • Teachers, school administrators, school security staff
  • College and university faculty and staff
  • Human resources professionals
  • Health care providers, nurses, emergency room staff, EMS personnel and first responders
  • Law enforcement and court staff
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social service staff and volunteers
  • Parents, grandparents and foster parents

Continuing Education Units are available for educators, counselors, social workers, and law enforcement.

How Do I Register?

The 8-hour course is offered monthly in Lufkin at Burke Central Administration. View our calendar for information on upcoming offerings. To register please email Melody Smith or call 936-639-1141. The course is offered free of charge by Burke as part of our mental health awareness campaign. Onsite trainings are also available for organizations/agencies that are interested. Please contact us for more information.