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Albuquerque and BernCo Offer Free Mental Health First Aid Training on Saturday, Nov. 5


Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque have joined forces to offer free Mental Health First Aid training to the public on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BCSO Regional Training Academy (415 Tijeras NW, 4th Floor).  The one-day course to become certified is similar to CPR training where no clinical background is required.

“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,” says Bernalillo County Commission Chair Art De La Cruz. “Bernalillo County has already trained over 400 employees in Mental Health First Aid and will continue to provide this training. I encourage all interested citizens to take advantage of this free training.”


“Mental Health impacts a lot of people across the county and has been marginalized for years,” said City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “This effort complements existing city and county programs, including first responder Crisis Intervention training, and is an action that evolved from community dialogues on mental health that have been underway throughout the Greater Albuquerque Region for the past several years.”


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.        

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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