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Mental Health First Aid

What Is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a revolutionary public education program designed to create safety for those living with mental illness by providing lifesaving intervention training to everyone and anyone. Similar to First Aid, MHFA trains participants to offer practical help to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, until professional support is available.

The Program

MFHA training offers a practical 5-step strategy for responding to signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders, along with focused self-help strategies. These include assessing for risk of harm, listening without judgement, providing reassurance, and connecting people to professional or self-help resources.

MHFA training engages participants in hands-on activities that simulate real-life challenges, providing a greater understanding of how mental illness impacts individuals and families.

Who Is It For?

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. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone – and everyone.

QPR — Question, Persuade, and Refer

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Our goal in providing QPR training is to teach people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and know what to do: question, persuade, and refer the person to help.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour and potentially help save the life of an in-crisis friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. To schedule a training or to request information, contact Jonathan GreerDirector of Mentoring & Prevention at Red Oak.

Parent Project®

The Parent Project® is a 13-week group created to help parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers who are struggling with out-of-control, destructive or strong-willed adolescents.

Goals of the Parent Project:

  • Reduce Family Conflict
  • Reduce Juvenile Crime
  • Reduce Recidivism
  • Improve School Attendance and Performance

Critical Issues Addressed:

  • Arguing and Family Conflict
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Poor School Performance
  • Truancy and Dropouts
  • Media Influences
  • Early Teen Sexuality
  • Teen Drug Use
  • Youth Gangs
  • Teen Violence and Bullying

If this is an issue that your family is dealing with, our Parent Project program can help. We will work with your family and teen to address the existing problems and help establish healthier family relationships.

For more information about Parent Project(R) visit
Or to register for an upcoming group contact: or call (330)-996-4600.

Parent University

The Parent University presents a collection of in-person and virtual workshops designed to provide parents with a space to learn, share, grow, and engage with other parents.  By partnering with area organizations and agencies, local experts offer relevant and practical skill training meant to offer assistance with the ever-changing needs of parenting. Additionally, Parent University relies on the knowledge and experience of parents from the community to educate, equip, and empower one another, and to work toward wellness as individuals and families.

Contact Us

Are you interested in learning more about Mental Health First Aid Training or registering for one of our programs? Call us at (330) 996-4600.

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