Make a difference with Mental Health First Aid

A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid and learn how to help.


Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Ohio MHAS), reviews why they funded MHFA for organizations and individuals who serve minorities, faith-based, older adults, youth aged 12-21, Peer Recovery Supporters and First Responders in Ohio. She explains why MHFA is so important, especially now, and how to find out more about training your organization at no cost.

2023 Ohio MHFA Collaborative Summit Highlights

2023 Ohio MHFA Summit Highlight Video

In September, Mental Health First Aiders, Instructors, MHFA hosts, and advocates from around Ohio met at the Columbus Zoo to hone their MHFA skills, celebrate the year's successes, and look toward the future as more people become trained in MHFA. We are so grateful to all those who came to the Summit and are taking what they learned back to their communities.


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Meet our team of mental health recovery advocates, ready to bring education and awareness to your communities.

Janet Gora

Statewide Director

Kathy Oberlin

Youth MHFA Coordinator Director Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success

Lucas Zielasko

Administrative Support Coordinator

Bridget Swihart

Instructor Support Specialist

Jessica Wright

Adult MHFA Coordinator Contact

Michelle Rolf

Veteran, Older Adults, College Age & Military MHFA Coordinator  

Stacy Ray

AmeriCorps member, Youth & Adult Instructor

Kelsey Shackelford

Adult MHFA Coordinator Contact

Keith Kline

Teen MHFA Project Lead

Lisa Carter

Teen MHFA Coordinator

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