Mental Health First Aid

If you feel like you or a loved one are in crisis, no matter how big or small, we want you to call 2-1-1, 1-800-273-8255, or 9-1-1.

If someone is having a heart attack or choking, you KNOW how to help. But do you KNOW how to help if someone is anxious, depressed, suicidal, delusional, or abusing drugs and alcohol?

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized course that gives the skills needed to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental crisis. During this interactive, 8 hour training, you learn:

  • The prevalence of mental illness in the U.S.
  • The potential warning signs of the most common mental health disorders.
  • A 5 step action plan to assist individuals in crisis.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

For more information about the program or upcoming trainings, please contact Kate Venison at 203-385-4095 or

For more information on Mental Health First Aid click here.

Training includes a 3 year MHFA/YMHFA certification (must attend entire 8 hours), MHFA manual, handouts, meals and refreshments. Training is free of charge for Town of Stratford and Stratford Board of Education employees. Fee for Stratford residents: $10.00; non-residents: $35.00. Checks are made payable to Stratford Community Services, 468 Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT 06615 and must be received ONE WEEK prior to training dates.

Upcoming Trainings


  • Youth MHFA: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. >> Sign up here



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Contact Information

Stratford Community Services
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, Connecticut 06615

Phone: (203) 385-4095
Fax: (203) 381-2064

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm