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Mental Health First AidMost of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get to the help they may need. Mental Health First Aiders can even save lives.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. More than 1 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid and ARHS looks forward to adding to this growing number. For more information on Mental Health First Aid go to

Mental Health first aid is for anyone wanting to be better equipped to help in a mental health crisis. You may be especially interested if you are a:

  • healthcare professional
  • teacher or school counselor
  • parent
  • caregiver
  • employer or supervisor
  • community or organization leader

Our August 15th class is full, and the NC Healthcare Association has offered two additional days of training. 

August 29th & October 3rd

Cannon Memorial Hospital has partnered with the North Carolina Healthcare Association to offer FREE Mental Health First Aid training in Avery County! Class size is limited to no more than 30 participants.

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To reserve a spot for you or a representative of your department or agency, please contact Stephanie Greer at as soon as possible.