Mental Health and Wellness Resources


  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Mental Health First Aid is now available in a variety of formats, including a fully virtual course. Register today to be the one to make a difference for your friends, family members, colleagues, students, or children. This training is designed for the general community. This course is valued at $170 per person, but is being offered free through the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The flyer will be distributed around the 15th of each month with additional trainings. Check out for more frequent updates.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Youth MHFA is also available for adults working with youth (age 12-18).


  • DMH Office of Disaster Services is hosting two virtual trainings given by Dr. Patricia Watson on Stress First Aid. Below you will find the details on the two courses. If you are interested in attending, please email and let her know which one (or both) of the courses you will attend.
    • Stress First Aid for Self-Care and Coworker Support
      Presented July 13th (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST)
      This four (4) hour course delivered via webinar, includes a set of supportive actions designed to help those who work in high-stress jobs reduce the negative impacts of stress. SFA recognizes that critical incidents are not the only stressors that professionals face and is therefore based on the acknowledgement that stress reactions can be ongoing and cumulative, resulting from multiple sources. It is designed to be attentive to traumatic events but also on work and personal stress, as well as loss, and inner conflict or moral injury.
    • Stress First Aid for Use with Patients, Clients and Customers
      Presented July 16th (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST)
      This four (4) hour course delivered via webinar, includes a set of tools that helps workers support and reduce stress in those they serve in public. This version of SFA is similar to Psychological First Aid (PFA) in that it aims to reduce distress and help move people towards more effective coping. However, it has a broader focus then PFA, in that it is intended to be used with those who are significantly stressed for any reason, and at any point in their exposure to stress.


  • Train the Trainer for Psychological First Aide (PFA)

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach to help people of all ages in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism (and traumatic events). Individuals affected by a disaster or traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges following the event. PFA was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, with contributions from individuals involved in disaster research and response. You can read more about it here: Dr. Patricia Watson will be doing this training virtually.

There will be two training sessions available. You only need to attend one of the two-day sessions to complete this course. The sessions will be virtual through WebEx.
          The first two-day session is on June 22 & 23 (1pm to 5pm both days)
          The second two-day session is on June 29 & 30 (1pm to 5pm both days)