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Promotion available for a limited time.

Gift cards awarded after completion of survey.

*Anyone who identifies as male is welcome to participate.

Mental health and substance use challenges affect everyone, in every setting. And yet, far more women than men are signing up for ISK’s free Adult Mental Health First Aid classes.


We need more men* with MHFA skills to keep our community strong!


Starting in 2020, every male who takes an Adult MHFA class and completes a survey at the end of class will receive a $5 GIFT CARD TO SPEND AT MEIJER!


Women, bring a guy to class, and if both of you take the survey at the end of the class, you’ll get a Meijer gift card, too, along with your male companion!


Learn critical skills for helping someone in a crisis, take a survey and get a compleMENtary five bucks to spend at Meijer!

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour evidence-based program designed to give members of the public key skills necessary to appropriately respond to signs of mental illness.

ISK is proud to offer MHFA training to community members at no charge, thanks to funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).

Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in crisis and where to turn for help.


We offer several one-day classes per year that are open to the public. Each MHFA class runs from approximately 8am to 5pm. All materials are provided. Lunch is on your own, unless otherwise specified.

We can also come to YOUR organization to provide group training! Just fill out this Training Request Form or contact Julie Helmer at 269-364-6950 or

We want everyone to be able to fully participate in training. We can arrange for wheelchair access, visual or hearing assistance, etc. To ensure we can meet your needs, please contact Julie Helmer at least two weeks before the scheduled training.


There are four types of Mental Health First Aid courses.  More information can be found below for each type.

For anyone age 18 & older who wants to learn how to help an adult experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use problem. Learn More »

Designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Learn how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Learn More »

Designed for military members, veterans, their families/friends and those who work with them, this training focuses on military culture and risk factors faced by service members and their families. Learn how to break down stigma, reach out to those who are reluctant to seek help and access community resources for support. Learn More »

Focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students, campus culture and risk factors faced by those in a higher education setting. A great option for students (must be at least 18), faculty, administrators, resident advisors, coaches and athletic personnel, campus law enforcement, academic advisors, counselors, campus clergy, librarians and more. Learn More »

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) originated in Australia in 2001 and is now international, with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and the U.S.  The National Council for Behavioral Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008.

The Council hopes MHFA will become as common as CPR and FIrst Aid training.  Several studies have shown that the evidence-based program:

  • Improves people’s mental health
  • Increases understanding of mental health issues and treatments
  • Connects more people with care
  • Reduces stigma

Who Can Benefit from MHFA?

  • Friends & family of people with mental illness or substance use disorders
  • General public
  • Primary care workers
  • School and college leadership
  • Students
  • Faith communities
  • Professional associations
  • Parent organizations
  • Social & Rotary clubs
  • Community leaders
  • Businesses
  • Police officers and first-responders
  • Veterans/Military Members and Their Families

I would say I use the training daily. I can apply it to coworkers, friendships, family and interactions with people, and that’s really what Mental Health First Aid helps you do is interact with people.

— MHFA participant

Organizations We’ve Trained

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Guardian Finance & Advocacy Services
  • Gull Lake Community Schools
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kal Co Dept of Health & Human Services
  • Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home
  • Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
  • Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Paramount Charter Academy
  • Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan
  • Western Michigan University
  • Vicksburg Schools
  • Veteran/Military Organizations

Plus many more!

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I believe every single person can benefit from it, in the same way that the general public can benefit from knowing CPR.

— MHFA Trainer


Contact Julie Helmer at or 269-364-6950.

For updates about our MHFA program and other KCMHSAS activities, follow the KCMHSAS Facebook page at


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

9:00am to 3:30pm

This Webinar Will be held via Zoom

(Download Zoom by clicking link above)


NOTE: After registering, you will receive:

1) Access to a required two-hour self-study program from
MHFA to complete at least three days
BEFORE the virtual Zoom class.

2) The Zoom link for the class,
which will be sent to you separately.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

8:30am to 5pm

418 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Conference Room A
(Located in the basement)

Lunch not provided


*This training will be held in person but limited to 16 participants.*