Next free Mental Health First Aid training on Aug. 25


With the  recent news about famous actor Robin Williams’ battle with depression and then committing suicide , mental health issues have re-surfaced.  In Tucson, you can get free training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) from Community Partnerhsip of Southern AZ to recognize symptoms of mental illness and then know what to do to help (in case). Next class is August 25 and 26, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (both days).


​CPSA’s free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programs provide effective, evidence-based public education that will benefit all community members. Participants learn a five-step process to recognize, support and assist a person experiencing a mental health or substance abuse issue, or any type of mental health crisis.

The two main trainings offered through CPSA are Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for identifying and assisting adults, andYouth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) for adults to identify and assist youth 12 to 20 years of age.

Atendees learn to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness and provide initial help until appropriate professional, peer or family support can be engaged. Participants also learn about risk factors and warning signs of specific mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction.

For more information regarding Mental Health First Aid training, please visit the National Mental Health First Aid USA website.

Please note:

  • Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adult community members with little or no experience in direct treatment of individuals with mental health issues.  It provides basic mental health education and approach skills for community members and non-clinical behavioral health staff.
  • There is no cost to attend these trainings.
  • These are 8-hour, two-day courses, unless otherwise noted.  You must attend all 8 hours to successfully complete the training and obtain Mental Health First Aid certification.
  • Trainings are held at the CPSA Training Center, 2502 N. Dodge Blvd. (north of Grant Road), in Tucson, unless otherwise noted).

Pre-registration is required to attend all Y/MHFA trainings. MHFA and YMHFA trainings are listed below by month.   Register early – Mental Health First Aid trainings fill quickly!

CPSA Training Center at Plaza Arboleda on August 25 (2502 N. Dodge Blvd. , north of Grant Rd.)

Start time: 12:30pm (Time Zone: America/Phoenix)
End date: Aug 26 at 5:00pm

This 2-day training (12:30pm to 5:00pm. both days) is an 8-hour course that teaches members of the public to recognize when a person is showing symptoms of a mental illness or a mental health crisis, and to provide immediate help. Learn risk factors and warning signs for several common mental health disorders, as well as – approach skills, providing support and hope, and connecting an individual in need to professional care and other community supports, through a five-step action plan.

Register for this 2 day workshop (I’ve taken it and it’s very helpful) by clicking here:

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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