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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The 8-hour training gives 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 the appropriate care.


What is the National Service Mental Health First Aid Initiative?

The National Service Mental Health First Aid Initiative is FREE to national service members (AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers) and program staff. This initiative is supported by the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Kansas and Missouri State Office. The goal is to provide MHFA training to 150 individuals from October 2018 – March 2019.


Is there information about the MHFA training?

  • Registration is free to national service members and staff.
  • There are 30 spots available per training.
  • There is one Youth MHFA course available in Derby (10/19) and the other trainings are Adult MHFA courses.
  • Participants will receive a certificate which is valid for 3 years.
  • Lunch will be provided.


Who can attend the trainings?

These trainings are FREE to current national service members, program staff and site supervisors. Individuals need to be associated with one of the national service programs listed below.

  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
  • AmeriCorps National Direct  
  • AmeriCorps State
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) State Office staff
  • Kansas Volunteer Commission staff and commissioners
  • Senior Corps Foster Grandparents (FGP)
  • Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
  • Senior Corps Senior Companion Program (SCP)


How do I register for a training?

Participants can register online here: MHFA RSVP! Registration is free, but required due to limited spaces per training. Registrations closes two days prior to the training. The KVC will send a confirmation email with location and parking information closer to the training date.


Who is the contact person?

For questions or to change your registration, please email Jamie Crispin at


What are the training dates and locations?

8:00 - 4:30pm
Derby USD 260 Educational Support Center, Derby Room
222 E. Madison Ave, Derby, KS 67037
Trainer: COMCARE of Sedgwick County

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018 (ADULT) -- LAWRENCE (Registration is full)
8:30 - 5:00
United Way of Douglas County, Doud Room
2518 Ridge Court Lawrence, KS 66046
Trainer: Julia Gaughan, Bert Nash Community Health Center

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 (ADULT) -- OLATHE (Registration is full)
8:00 - 4:30
Johnson County Mental Health, Room 6
1125 W. Spruce St. Olathe, KS 66061
Trainers: Jamie Katz and Shelby Alvarez, Johnson County Mental Health Services

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 (ADULT) -- WICHITA (Registration is full)
8:00am - 4:30pm
Wichita State University Old Town
Community Engagement Institute Office
238 N Mead, Wichita, KS 67202
Trainers: COMCARE of Sedgwick County

8:00am - 4:30pm
Johnson County Mental Health - Mission Office, Room 500
6000 Lamar, Suite 130
Mission, Kansas 66202
Trainer: Johnson County Mental Health Services 

8:30am - 5:00pm
College and Career Center
2910 Haskell Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas 66046
Trainer: Bert Nash Community Health Center