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Mental Health First Aid Certificate Program

Register to for the credential program today. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems.

May 27, 2022 (Fri)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Virtual Training

Mental Health First Aiders are…

Teachers, first responders and veterans. They’re neighbors, parents and friends. They’re people in recovery, and those supporting a loved one They’re First Ladies and Mayors. Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all.

It really gives the skills you need to identify — and ultimately help — someone in need - Michelle Obama
First aid for mental health is just as important as first aid for our bodies - Chirlane McCray

More than 2.5 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid by a dedicated base of more than 15,000 Instructors.

Mental Health First Aid Matters

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, 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.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Mental Health First Aiders can even save lives.

This training is presented in a blended format. Approximately two hours of on-demand/self-led training are required to be completed prior to the live/virtual classroom session on May 27, 2022. Registration closes at COB on May 25, 2022, to allow for completion of the on-demand/self-led portion of the certification program prior to May 27, 2022.

Not available on May 27th? Click here to register for the session on May 20th.

About the Instructors

Raymond Lozada
Raymond Lozada, Director of the Office of Safe Schools (Sacramento City Unified School District)

Currently employed with the Sacramento City Unified School District, he serves as the Director of the Office of Safe Schools and sees first-hand the disruption caused by trauma and how it impacts our community.

Raymond has twenty six years of experience working for the Sacramento County Probation Department as a departmental trainer and serving children and families that reside within the county’s jurisdiction.  As a Probation Officer assigned to the department’s Gang Suppression Unit, he brings an element of subject matter expertise and real-world experience to the classroom.

Raymond has been a Mental Health First Aid facilitator for more than five years as well as a consultant with On Track Program Resources since 2003. In this role, he provides a variety of training services and OPS Solutions, including professional development to law enforcement officers.  Having served in the department’s peer support, he found MHFA to be a valuable opportunity empowering participants to support each other and respond with confidence to provide assistance to their community.

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