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A number of organizations in Jefferson County are joining forces to promote and coordinate a countywide expansion of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Colorado initiative. MHFA has become a full-blown movement in the United States; adopted by law enforcement, human services organizations, schools, colleges and many others as a critical skill in supporting the mental health needs of communities.

In Jefferson County, 13 organizations deliver MHFA every week, having trained more than 3,500 individuals and counting. Community First Foundation, through its Lutheran Legacy Fund, continues this shared vision and commitment to training several more thousand people in MHFA. They have awarded funding to Jefferson Center to facilitate Jefferson County’s development of a new and sustainable model of MHFA in our communities called the MHFA Jeffco Collaborative, and will build upon the successful growth of MHFA in our area in recent years.

Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to: recognize signs of addictions and mental health problems; respond to a developing mental health issue or a crisis; use a proven 5-step action plan to help and connect those in need with local resources to help.

To learn more, schedule a training or help the initiative, please go to www.mhfajcmh.org or call 303-432-5155.