Mental Health First Aid Trainings

IPA hosts Mental Health First Aid courses across the state of Iowa to position pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students better serve the mental heal needs in their communities. 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.
Watch here for future dates to help reduce the stigma around behavioral health conditions and become certified in Mental Health First Aid!

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.   

* Training sponsored by Janssen CNS
Janssen CNS

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