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City of Albuquerque & BernCo Offer Free Mental Health First Aid Training on Saturday, June 4


The City of Albuquerque  and Bernalillo County have joined forces to offer free Mental Health First Aid training to the public at four sites throughout the city and county on Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The one-day course to become certified is similar to CPR training where no clinical background is required.

“This effort complements existing city and county programs, including first responder Crisis Intervention training, and is an directive that evolved from community dialogues on mental health that have been underway for the past several years,” explained City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. “I am pleased we are offering this training to more people throughout the metro so we all can be better equipped to help those in mental health crisis.”

“The intent of this training is to equip people in our community with knowledge so they can assist someone experiencing a mental health-related issue and help prevent the situation from escalating,” Commission Chair Art De La Cruz says.

In 2014, Mayor Berry and members of his administration were among the first City of Albuquerque employees to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. 

“Eight APD officers are now certified trainers and, to date, 400 people have been certified in Mental Health First Aid,” said Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services Director Doug Chaplin.

Bernalillo County has 11 public safety employees certified as Mental Health First Aid instructors, with more 300 people trained in 2016 thus far.

The joint effort includes hosting the event at the following city/county locations, with the Bernalillo County Fire Department site offering a youth-specific adaptation of the training that is ideal for adults who work with youth.

Cesar Chavez Community Center              Holiday Park Community Center

7505 Kathryn SE                                            11710 Comanche Road NE


Westside Community Center                       Bernalillo County Fire Department

1250 Isleta Blvd. SW                                     6840 2nd Street NW


Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour board-certified training through the National Council on Community Behavior. The course teaches:

  • how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis by learning risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns;
  • strategies for how to help and support someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations; and
  • where to find mental health resources.

To register, please contact Margarita Chavez by Friday at margchavez@bernco.gov or (505) 468-7033.

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