Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Starting in 2018, IPA will host Mental Health First Aid courses across the state of Iowa. Originally designed in Australia, this 8-hour course teaches you a five-step action plan to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Similar to traditional physical First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
The training helps you to (1) assess a situation, (2) offer initial help and support, and (3) connect someone to appropriate care if an individual is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. With a focus on learning risk factors, warning signs, and resources for mental illness and substance use disorders, attendees will be provided with the skills to display calmness, non-judgmental attitude, empathy, and support in order to be a reassuring and encouraging professional in your area of practice.

This training is accredited for CPE for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. CPE information is here.

All trainings hosted by IPA are open to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists! Each training event will be limited to the first 25 registered attendees.
Sign up today to help reduce the stigma around behavioral health conditions and become certified in Mental Health First Aid!


April 5, 2018 Des Moines | Register
April 12, 2018 Waverly | Register
May 10, 2018 Clear Lake | Register
May 24, 2018 Davenport | Register
August 30, 2018 Council Bluffs | Register
September 20, 2018 Iowa City | Register
October 3, 2018 Spencer | Register
Dates and locations will coincide with the 2018 IPA Goes Local program. Details on the mental health-focused 2018 Goes Local program can be found here.

Please note that each training is required to have a minimum of five participants. If a scheduled training does not meet the minimum requirement, it will be canceled and fees returned.   

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. For more specific information, please visit

Sponsored by:

Council Bluffs and Iowa City
trainings are sponsored by Allergan.