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On Average,



people die by suicide each day.

- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

From 1999 to 2016,



people die from drug overdose.

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


1 IN 5

U.S. adults lives with a mental Illness.

- National Institute of Mental Health 

The course will teach you how to apply the

ALGEE action plan:


  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm

  • Listen nonjudgmentally

  • Give reassurance and information

  • Encourage appropriate professional help

  • Encourage self-help and other support

Why Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health Frist Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance 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.

Learning Options

Ruby Shines offers two different In-Person, instructor-led trainings.

  • One, 8.5 hour day - 2 ten minutes, and a half lunch break is provided.

  • Two, 4.5 hour days - a 15 minute break is provided.

Who Should Take It

  • Employers

  • Police Officers

  • Hospital Staff

  • First Responders

  • Spiritual Leaders

  • Community Members

  • Caring Individuals

If you do not see the time or location you desire please contact us.

We may be able to schedule special event.

What is Covered

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness

  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use

  • How to interact with a person in crisis

  • How to connect the person with help

  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

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