Community Education


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

This evidence-based project introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of common treatments, using the curriculum developed by Mental Health First Aid USA. There are two programs available: Mental Health First Aid, which focuses on risk-factors and mental illness in adults, and Youth Mental Health First Aid, which focuses on risk-factors and mental illness in youth ages 12 to 25. For more information, contact Stephanie Carlson at (530) 621-6130.

Suicide Prevention Trainings

The El Dorado County Behavioral Health Division offers a number community trainings. The "safeTALK" training  is a 3-hour suicide prevention training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connects them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. For questions about the training, or to schedule a training, contact Stephanie Carlson at (530) 621-6130.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides awareness, education and support as a means to encourage hope, health and a positive change in the community’s mental health system. NAMI offers classes in the community on topics such as:

  • Peer-to-Peer Training
  • NAMI Basics Education
  • Family-to-Family
  • In Our Own Voice

For more information, please visit the NAMI website at http://namieldorado.org/.