Friday, March 23, 2012

Mental Health First Aid Colorado

A New Initiative by the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council

The Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide effort of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC), partnered with the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections, and various non-profit education, behavioral health, and public safety organizations.

These agencies are guiding the rollout in Colorado of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a ground-breaking and evidence-based prevention program being implemented in the U.S. and internationally that has been shown to reduce stigma, enhance behavioral health literacy, and improve behavioral health.  Learn more at

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Colorado was recently selected from all MHFA programs across the country to receive the 2012 Best Community Impact Award, as recognized by Mental Health First Aid USA – the entity responsible for disseminating the program nationally.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based public education program focused on empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

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