Mental Health First Aid

Our community has witnessed a 20% increase in self harm and violent behaviors in our children between the ages of 10 and 19. To combat this, CISDR will provide training to help our community identify risk indicators, connect to resources, and save a young person’s life.

Mental Health First Aid is the evidence-based intervention training designed to help adults identify, react to and support a child (age 10-18) experiencing mental health or addiction issues or is in active crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan on how to intervene. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders inclusive of psychosis indicators, disruptive behavior disorders, and eating disorders.

CISDR is now offering Mental Health First Aid for Adults as well, as schools and community members have asked for help identifying issues with parents, adult family members and community members (volunteers) who may also be experiencing issues and in need of assistance. This will create a comprehensive and holistic “safety net” around the lives of the children who often don’t have the resources necessary to protect them from harm. See below for upcoming sessions.

This is an 8 hour certificate course with provided training material and manual.

  • $40 ($20 for educators)
  • 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 125E, Dallas, TX 75247

All sessions listed below run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:

February 2019:
  • Monday, February 11 (registration full)
  • Tuesday, February 12 (registration full)
  • Wednesday, February 13 (registration full)
  • Monday, February 18 (registration full)
March 2019:
  • Saturday, March 2
  • Tuesday, March 5
  • Saturday, March 23: Mental Health First Aid for Adults
April 2019:
  • Monday, April 22

Registration (page 1 of 2)

Please use the form below to register. CISDR Staff, please contact us at


“Thanks so much for sharing your expertise and time with us. It was a rewarding two days of training. I’ve already been sharing information about what we learned with others. Thanks again.”
–P.W., McKinney

“It’s great and uncomfortable at the same time.”

“Surprised by scope and content, with real world applications that make sense.”
–Anonymous, Plano

“This course was very helpful in being able to deal with my child, who has a behavioral diagnosis, wish I’d had this sooner.”
–S.B., Dallas

“Excellent pace, many opportunities to personalize to us and our school district.”

“The information is presented in such a way that anyone can understand and act. Very engaging, not just sitting around taking notes!”
–L.V., Garland

“Thanks so much for offering this training, I think I am now better equipped to serve the students at my campus. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to not only hear about the strategies but process through skills learned.”
–Megan H.

“I found the training very helpful and useful for the line of work that we do on daily basis. Definitely looking forward to more trainings. Thank you again for this opportunity.”
–Rebecca W.