NOTICE: We are proud to announce that Community Foundation Tampa Bay and partners have now trained more than 1,700 people in Mental Health First Aid since January 2021. In an effort to improve the delivery of this initiative, the Mental Health First Aid program offered through St. Petersburg College has been paused effective September 1, 2022 and continuing through the end of the year. During this time we encourage you to connect with other community organizations that offer Mental Health First Aid training including BayCare and Directions For Living.
The Community Foundation Tampa Bay, in partnership with Love IV Lawrence, St. Petersburg College, Humana, and the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, has launched the Mental Health First Aid Initiative to:
Train and empower 5,000 key personnel in nonprofits, faith communities and other community settings to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illness within the next three years.
Think of Mental Health First Aid as the CPR of mental health. It is a national certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health that is proven to be effective. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program:
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is providing the training to those who work in nonprofit organizations, faith communities and educational settings free of charge. The general public or businesses may access the training for a fee of $125 per person.