Mental Health First Aid by GetSomeJoy

We’re partnering with the National Council for Mental WellBeing + Kate Spade New York Foundation to support women and girls

GetSomeJoy is collaborating with the National Council for Mental Well-Being to support the Kate Spade New York Foundation’s mission to help women and girls thrive (during this raggedy moment in history and beyond).

We’re joining a squad of community-oriented instructors to provide complimentary Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid training to 2500 women or people directly supporting women or girls(in the New York City and New Jersey area. Through MHFA training, women in our area will be empowered to reduce stigma, build a culture of nonjudgmental listening, and act when a community member shows signs of needing help.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive training course that presents an overview of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the U.S. and an action plan (A.L.G.E.E.) for engaging and offering support.

The course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems (depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self-harm, suicidal ideas & behaviors, substance use challenges), builds understanding of their impact, and reviews common treatments.

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid is for everyone.

GetSomeJoy’s Alex Hardy facilitates Adult, Youth, and Spanish Mental Health First Aid trainings.

Okay. How’s it going down?

This training consists of:

  1. A two-hour virtual self-paced training on Mental Health First Aid & the ALGEE action plan

  2. A instructor-led Skills Application Session (one 5.5-hour session with breaks + lunch or two three-hour sessions)

  3. Three-year Mental Health First Aid certification upon completion

Before the training, you receive:

  • Mental Health First Aid Participant Manual

  • Participant Processing Guide (a workbook situation)

  • Self-Care Action Plan

Outcomes + such

As a result of our time together, you can expect to:

  • Grow your knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.

  • Gain insights around stigmatizing language and beliefs related to mental health and addiction.

  • Gain insights and hear varying perspectives on the impacts of culture and trauma on individual, family, and community wellness

  • Identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health or substance use challenge.

  • Increase your confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.

  • Increase awareness around your own mental wellness.

About your lead facilitator

Alexander Hardy is a grits-powered writer, mental health advocate and facilitator, at-home chef, dancer, and lupus survivor.

He battles spiritual ashiness as CoFounder of GetSomeJoy, a creative wellness agency supporting communities and organizations with joy-flavored trainings and experiences, soulful storytelling, and accessible wellness resources. Alexander has written for outlets such as Ebony,, Food & Wine, Esquire, Courvoisier, The Root, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas.

He supports communities and organizations with English and Spanish Mental Health First Aid trainings, grief and loss workshops, Literary Therapy writing sessions, resource development, and other wellness-infused experiences.

Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.

(View his writerly portfolio and media room.

Alrighty. When is this happening?

Adult Mental Health First Aid

  1. Wednesday August 11, 11am EST - 4:30pm EST

  2. Saturday August 21, 12pm EST - 5:30pm EST

Youth Mental Health First Aid

(for Adults assisting young people)

  1. Saturday August 14, 12pm EST - 5:30pm EST

  2. (2 sessions) Wednesday August 18 and Wednesday August 25, 11am EST - 2pm EST

September dates to be announced.

Click here to schedule a Mental Health First Aid training or other joy-flavored training or experience for your organization or community.

I’m in. How can I be down?

These free Mental Health First Aid trainings provided through this collaboration with the National Council for Mental Well-Being and the Kate Spade New York Foundation are targeted towards:

  1. Women living in the New York City/New Jersey area,

  2. Others in NYC/NJ who directly support women and girls (at work, as a mentor, organizer, auntie or uncle, volunteer, teacher, coach or counselor, concerned community member, somebody’s play mama, etc.)

When you click below to register, include:

  • Alex Hardy as the trainer who referred you,

  • the training date that works best for you,

  • whether you live in NYC/NJ and your connection to KSNY’s mission to support women and girls, and

  • what you hope to gain from the training.

We’ll respond with access to participant materials, the self-paced training, and info on the Instructor-led session.

Schedule a Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid training for your organization

Tell us a little about your group and we’ll explore how GetSomeJoy can support your community wellness goals.

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