Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

This course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors who have completed a 5-day training and meet the certification requirements.

REGISTRATION (Use link in navigation bar to left or click below:)



Choose from one of these two locations:

  • June 9 , Thursday:   Holiday Inn, North Adams, MA
  • June 10, Friday: Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA

Time:    8:00 am to 5:00 pm, registration & breakfast 7:30 am
Cost:     FREE includes lunch, training materials and Continuing Education credits
              for SW, LMFT, Nursing, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counselors
Credits:  8 Continuing Education Credits

Our registration is limited to 50 participants per location. Please click on Course Registration in navigation bar to left, select the course location you want to attend (please choose only one location - this is the same course at both locations). You will be prompted to complete the registration form. Final processing is through the shopping cart (Note: This is a free course and NO payment/credit card is required)

If the course(s) fills up we have included a Waiting List registration for each Course Location (this is first come-first serve). If a slot opens we will contact you for the additional registration information required.


Questions? Contact Peggy Morse:

Continuing Education Sponsor: Berkshire AHEC
This program is funded in full by: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (
This program is supported by:      AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walks in the Berkshires


  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
  • Berkshire AHEC
  • NAMI-Berkshire County
  • The Brien Center
  • Berkshire Medical Center


Click HERE for Brochure (pdf) about our course offering
Want more info about the Mental Health First Aid Program? Click HERE for Flyer


1. Recognize the potential risk factors for a range of mental health problems, including:  depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, and self-injury.
2. Recognize the warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including:  depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, and self-injury.
3.  Summarize a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
4.  Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the US and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
5.  Recognize the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
6.  Recognize and correct misconceptions about mental health and mental illness.
7.  Recognize your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.


This course helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or in crisis. This course gives people the tools to help fiends, family members, colleagues, or others in the community.
Who should attend?

  • College/university leaders
  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Nurses./physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policymakers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Anyone that wants to provide initial help to family members, friends, colleagues or others in their community.


  • Nursing:  This program meets the requirements for 8 nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.
  • Social Work:  This program has been approved for 8 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR.  Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 70336-1.
  • LMFT:  This program has been certified by the FDA/CE for 8 hours of professional continuing education for Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors:  Application has been made to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for the approval of credits for rehabilitation counselors.
  • Substance Abuse:  Application has been made to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, Inc. (MBSACC) for the approval of credits for substance abuse counselors in Massachusetts.

Successful Completion Requirements: Participants are expected to sign in and out, attend the entire program, and complete an evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded.


  • Continuing Education: Certificates will be distributed by mail to participants 6 to 8 weeks after the program.
  • Special Requests: If you are hearing impaired, or are differently-abled and require special accommodations, contact Peggy Morse: Email (preferred): or Phone: 413-441-6316 (leave message). Please notify us 15 days prior to the training.
  • Course Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker illness, cancellation or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by email as soon as we become aware of the need to cancel (we will also post cancellation information on BCSP’s website at: 


If you need to cancel your registration: Email Peggy Morse at: or call:  413-441-6316 (leave message) with your contact information and your registered course location. Please contact us prior to June 7th so your seat can be made available to our waiting list attendees. Note: If you do not attend the full course you will not be awarded credit hours (No partial credit hours). Because of cost the training materials are only available to course attendees.