Peace River Center is offering a free Mental Health First Aid. Made possible thanks to funding from The GiveWell Community Foundation, the Mental Health First Aid course teaches attendees how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?” Taught by Peace River Center’s certified instructor, this public education program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.