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Mental Health Training Opportunities

The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services (GOVS) has partnered with the Council on Substance Abuse (COSA) to provide a series of mental health trainings to Alabama based:

  • AmeriCorps partners (AmeriCorps Members & Program Staff, AmeriCorps Seniors, VISTA, NCCC, Alumni) 

  • Nonprofit organizations (staff and volunteers)

  • Community-based and faith-based organizations (staff and volunteers)

  • Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD) members and Local VOAD groups

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  • Volunteer First Responders

  • GOVS Partners

Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants to identify, understand and respond to mental health and substance use challenges.

Mental Health First Aid Certification - Adults (Virtual)

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Youth (Virtual) 

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Mental Health First Aid gives you the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.


These are certification courses that include completion of a 2-hour self-study course followed by a 6-hour live virtual instructor-led session.  Class Size: 5-20 attendees per class

  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.

  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

  • 3-year Certification 

  • Professional CEUs

  • Learn more about the curriculum at












Facilitated by: Project Insight Alabama, Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD


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