LPHI is committed to bridging the gap of the mental health provider shortage by providing tools and trainings to build community awareness and knowledge on how to identify, understand, and respond to mental health and substance use crisis. These trainees become the first line of support in the community. Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training to assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis through a culturally responsive lens. MHFA is an evidence-based public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges and builds understanding of appropriate detection techniques, interventions, resources, and referrals.
LPHI offers both Adult and Youth MHFA trainings. All community trainings are FREE to Louisiana residents and done virtually. Individuals who complete the training will receive a Mental Health First Aider certification, which is good for three years.
2023 Adult Training Dates
Adult Training is a skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults age 18 and over.
2023 Youth Training Dates
Youth Training is a skills-based training that teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, and health and human services workers how to identify, understand, and respond to an adolescent (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
LPHI does also offer private training opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about private training opportunities, please reach out to our team at LPHItraining@lphi.org.
LPHI has several helpful resources to share with the community and those interested in learning more about MHFA.
- Alpha Gebrie: Adult MHFA Instructor since June 2022
- Arien Ragster: Youth MHFA Instructor since February 2022
- Erica Ledet: Adult MHFA Instructor since June 2022
- Frederick Blanche: Dual, Adult & Youth, Instructor since June 2020
- Jennifer Haneline: Youth MHFA Instructor since February 2022
- Karlee Seider: Adult MHFA Instructor since June 2022
- Lindsey Rudov: Adult MHFA Instructor since June 2020
- Ife Odelugo: Intern Coordinator
- Karlee Seider: MHFA Coordinator
- Reagan Carmena: MHFA Coordinator
If you have any questions regarding MHFA training, please reach out to us at: LPHItraining@lphi.org.