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 Elevated Minds Coaching in Partnership St. Petersburg College, SAMHSA and Community Foundation Tampa Bay. 


Elevated Minds Coaching, St. Petersburg College in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Community Foundation Tampa Bay (CFTB), is offering FREE Mental Health First Aid Training for public service professionals. This training is nationally recognized and certified by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.


 What is Mental Health First Aid?


Mental Health First Aid is often referred to as the CPR of mental health. This evidence-based training course is designed to:


- Address common mental health concerns encountered in various settings.

- Reduce stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders.

- Teach strategies to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health or substance use challenges and offer support.

- Provide self-help strategies for maintaining mental wellness.


 Benefits of Mental Health First Aid Training


Participants will learn:


- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.

- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.

- A 5-step action plan to assist someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.

- Where to turn for help through professional, peer, and self-help resources.


 Training Details and Cost


Thanks to funding from SAMHSA and CFTB, this training is offered for FREE to public service professionals and client-facing volunteers, including:


- Schools (K-12 or higher education)

- Emergency response (e.g., first responders)

- Healthcare professionals

- Veterans’ organizations

- Faith-based organizations

- Nonprofits


Organizational confirmation of volunteer involvement is required. Contact the Project Coordinator for a discount code if you qualify.


 Training Commitment


The certification requires an eight (8) hour commitment, including:


1. Pre-read: A mandatory, self-paced online module that takes about two (2) hours, to be completed no later than seven (7) days before the training class.

2. Training class: A six (6) hour session, delivered either in-person or online, with class sizes ranging from 10 to 30 participants.




This training is available to organizations and individuals in the following counties, in both in-person and virtual formats:


- Pinellas

- Hillsborough

- Pasco

- Hernando

- Citrus


For private training sessions of 10-30 participants at your organization, please contact the Project Coordinator.

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