Atlanta-based HOPE Resources offers training in key skills for responding with compassion and understanding to those in our communities who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. We provide training and certification courses in Mental Health First Aid to individuals, organizations, and faith communities.


Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 12-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Topics covered include: depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, substance use disorders, eating disorders, trauma, nonsuicidal self-injury, and psychotic disorders.

“During the 12-hour course on MHFA, I realized many of my own personal biases against mental health disorders. Being aware of these views and knowing how to dispel stigmas in my workplace will be an asset to my employer. I now feel better equipped to help employees in distress.”
Madelyn Warrenfells, Human Resources Director, West Georgia Technical College

“This course is appropriate for anyone who cares about other people! The overview information about the most frequently occurring mental disorders is presented in an easily accessible and understandable manner. Practice in dealing with a variety of scenarios helps participants gain experience and confidence. The instructors provided helpful feedback and guidance. I would encourage everyone to broaden their knowledge in this area.”
Julie Binney, StandUp for Kids Atlanta

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid:

NPR (Morning Edition): “Mental First Aid: How To Help In An Emotional Crisis”
Huffington Post: “Mental Health Class”
NPR (Talk of the Nation): “A First Aid Kit For Mental Health Emergencies”
ABC (News Now)

Who Can Be A Mental Health First Aider?

Educators/School Administrators, College/University Leaders, Human Resources Professionals, Members of Faith Communities, Homeless Shelter Staff and Volunteers, Nurses/Physicians Assistants/Primary Care Workers, Police/First Responders/Security Personnel, Mental Health Authorities, Policymakers, Substance Abuse Professionals, Social Workers, Consumers and Family Members, Caring Citizens.