Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Kimberly Lafountain

Mental Health First Aid for Adults is an eight-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

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Trainees are taught how to apply the five-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. An important component of the mental health first aid course is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to actually apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.

Training Coordinator

Kimberly Lafountain, LMHC

  • Behavioral Education Development Specialist, Department of Behavioral Education, Bradley Hospital
  • MHFA Certified Instructor

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of these two sessions, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges.
  2. Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  3. Interact effectively with a person in crisis.
  4. Connect a person with help. 
  5. Apply a personalized self-care plan.


  • Target audience: Individuals who desire to learn more about responding to a adults in behavioral crisis. This includes healthcare professionals, first responders, teachers, school personnel, clergy, community workers, support or administrative staff, family members or virtually any community member who interacts with the public.
  • CMEs/CEUs will not be available.
  • Instructional Level: Beginner
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered

More Information

For more information about this event or to inquire about group rates, please contact Kim Lafountain at


  • Program fee: $118
  • For group reservations, Kim Lafountain at
  • Online registration closes two days before the event date.
  • Refund/cancellation information: Training fees are not refundable. Should unforeseen circumstances cause you to no longer be available on the date of your training, you may send an alternate attendant to the event at no additional charge. To request such a change, please email Mayra Colon at
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.

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