Free Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health Awareness Trainings
January 22, 2020

Over the last three years, community stakeholders from Chicago’s west and south side participated in evidence-based free mental health training sessions with a goal of reducing the stigma of mental health and addiction, increasing awareness and knowledge, and providing information about resources available in the community. Since the beginning of 2017, over 2,200 stakeholders have been trained. Training evaluations, provided by UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, found that participants walk away from trainings with:

  • Decreased stigma associated with mental health and addiction;
  • Increased knowledge of mental health;
  • Increased self-confidence in taking actions to help someone in need; and,
  • Increased knowledge and comfortability in recognizing how and when to contact a specially trained police officer in a mental health crisis.

To read more about the project, research and outcomes on Chicago’s west side in 2017, CLICK HERE.

To read more about the project on Chicago’s south side in 2018, CLICK HERE.

2019 project fact sheet is in the works! 

In 2020, we have the opportunity of continuing the work throughout the entire City of Chicago! Free training is available to all Chicagoans as a part of the Mental Health Public Awareness Initiative.

Mental Health Trainings

If you or your organization would like to participate in a free mental health training session or simply learn more about the trainings we offer, please click the form below.

Yes, I’m interested in a free mental health training session.

Additional Resources

  • Crisis Intervention Team Resource Card: CLICK
  • Smart 911: CLICK
  • NAMI Chicago Help Line: 833-NAMI-CHI (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm)
  • Crisis Text Line: text CONNECT to 741741 (24/7 text message support for those in crisis) 
  • National Suicide Prevention Line:1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)