Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour, evidence-based training that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and disorders like anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Participants learn a five-step action plan to provide immediate help to someone developing a mental illness or in mental crisis, and connect them to appropriate care and support. We’re offering specialized trainings with extra info for those who support or interact with youth age 12-18 years, college students, veterans/active military. Trainings are either 8:30-5:00 or 9:00-5:30 & include lunch. Training is valued at $170/person by MHFA USA. Learn more at

The PAR Initiative partners with Pierce County and state organizations, and program trainers, to provide mental health trainings at no cost to anyone who lives and/or works in Pierce County. These include Mental Health First Aid; ASIST safeTALK and Talk Saves Lives suicide prevention trainings; and Mental Health & High School Curriculum Teacher Trainings.