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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.

*Classes are scheduled quarterly. For upcoming class dates, contact: Isaac Pena -

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 via Zoom.  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 

  • 7.0 Professional CEUs awarded

  • Learn more about the curriculum at

  • FREE scholarships & grant tickets available for Alabamians:

    • Community-based Non-Profit (employees & volunteers)

    • Faith-based (employees & volunteers)

    • National Service  (AmeriCorps: State/National/VISTA/Seniors/NCCC/Alumni)

    • Disaster Relief (VOAD/CERT/EMA/RC)

    • First Responders (Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement/Dispatch)

    • Nurses & Nursing Students









Suicide Prevention QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) - Adults (Virtual)

Just as CPR prepares you for stepping in to assist with a cardiac emergency, QPR will give you the skills and knowledge to intervene to possibly prevent suicide. How to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone who may be suicidal. Learn how to get help for yourself or more about preventing suicide.  

  • Virtual 11-1 CST via Zoom

  • FREE for everyone

  • 2.0 CE/U awarded*

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Suicide Prevention for Adults Helping Youth

In addition to the standard QPR curriculum, this 2-hour course blends elements from the QPR for Youth to provide Adults with guidance for assisting Youth.   

  • Virtual 11-1 CST via Zoom

  • FREE for everyone

  • 2.0 CE/U awarded*

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*CE/U-*The Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD is an approved CE provider by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners & the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS. The Alabama Social Work Examiners Board is a recognized provider of nursing continuing education (CE) by the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN). Licensed nurse attendees must electronically upload the certificate to their Individual CE Record on the ABN website to claim the CE awarded. Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code §§ 610-X-10-.04(2)(d) and 610-X-10.-07(1)(d). 




Facilitated by: Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

Contact: Isaac Pena -

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Suicide Prevention QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.)

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