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Community Education

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Community Education

Learn about and get certified in Mental Health First Aid, which helps you identify and respond to mental health crises; take a Parent Project course to learn parenting skills and get information about resources and support available in your communities; become a Health Ambassador and help other members of your community who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or a substance use problem; or become a graduate of the Lived Experience Academy to empower others in furthering their healing process.

FREE community education courses for the public are made possible by the voter-approved Mental Health Service Act (Prop 63).

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Mental Health First Aid
Over 963 MHFAiders trained! Become a MHFAider!

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8 hour public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

Participants will gain an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S., learn the risk factors and warning signs, build understanding of the impact of mental illnesses, and reviews common treatments.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Over 1,493 YMHFAiders Trained! Become a YMHFAiders!

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

Participants will learn:

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Health Ambassador Program

As a community member with knowledge and experience, you can make a difference in the lives of families, friends, neighbors, and other members in your community who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness and/or a substance use problem. Health Ambassadors are individuals who are committed to helping to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals in their community and complete the Health Ambassador Program.

Health Ambassador Opportunities:

  • Teach youth and adult courses in your community.
  • Assist in identifying needs in your community and helping to make a change.
  • Share your thoughts with the County of San Mateo about wellness in your community.
  • Work with other dedicated individuals. Participate in various volunteer opportunities.

San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Health Ambassador Program (HAP) was created in recognition of the important role that community members serve in effectively reaching out to others.

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Lived Experience Academy (LEA)

The Lived Experience Academy (LEA) is designed for individuals who identify as having experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges, and/or their family members. Participants will learn how to share their stories for the purpose of empowering themselves, furthering the healing process, reducing stigma, and educating others about behavioral health conditions. Graduates can go on to be part of the Speakers Bureau and receive a stipend to share their stories with behavioral health providers and community members.

General information

Health Ambassador Program

As a community member with knowledge and experience, you can make a difference in the lives of families, friends, neighbors, and other members in your community who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness and/or a substance use problem. Health Ambassadors are individuals who are committed to helping to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals in their community and complete the Health Ambassador Program.

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