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Mental Health First Aid

A person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis, and YOU can help them!


Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid can help you save a person experiencing a mental health-related crisis.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), is a new evidence-based strategy from the National Council on Behavioral Health. MHFA is an 8-hour certification course that teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with signs and symptoms of mental illness or in a crisis, by de-escalating the situation, and connecting them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

You Will Learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, addiction disorders, and suicide.
  • A 5-step action plan to help a person developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • A 5-step action plan to help a person developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Become a Certified Mental Health First Aider.

No Cost. Nothing to Lose. So Much to Gain.

4 Reasons to become a Mental Health First Aider

You Care

Be there for a friend, family member, or colleague

You Can Help

People with mental illness suffer alone

Be Prepared

When a mental health crisis happens, know what to do

Mental Illness Is Common

1 in 5 adults are affected by mental illness
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)


ONTRACK Program Resources (ONTRACK) was awarded a Project AWARE grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training at NO COST to youth-serving adults who have an impact in 11 high priority zip codes in Sacramento County, during 2016-2018.

See the press release from Congresswoman Doris Matsui announcing the award.

For more information please contact us.


  • Trained and certified 550+ serving adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) in 11 high need Sacramento neighborhoods.
  • Reduced disparities in mental health service referrals, access, and outcomes.
  • Increased mental health literacy, outreach, and intervention skills.
  • Strengthened systemic linkages and referral processes for people and their families.
  • Improved collaborative partnerships that support effective, cross-system/agency coordination, to better serve our diverse people.

Special Thanks to Our Project-AWARE Coalition Partners

ONTRACK wants to thank the hosts and sponsors of our Project AWARE Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings, who provided space, food and/or sent their staff/volunteers.

Another Choice – Another Chance
Black Child Legacy Campaign/Reducing African Am. Child Deaths, Sierra Health Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento
Bridge Network
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
City of Sacramento-Neighborhood Services
Cottage Industries Cares Community Health
Fades for Grades
Health Education Council/Sacramento Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
One Community Health
Roberts Family Development Center
Sacramento County Child Protective Services
Sacramento Steps Forward
Simmons Center/ South Sacramento Christian Center
Turning Point Community Programs
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Urban Strategies
Wind Youth

Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

Contact Us

We also offer Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. Please contact us if you have questions about Mental Health First Aid.