Mental Health First Aid

The Council on Substance Abuse’s (COSA) Project Insight Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) project provides mental health awareness training to First Responders and lay persons (i.e. family members, faith-based leaders, youth workers and the general public) across Region 5 of Alabama’s Emergency Medical System (Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, and Russell counties).
The primary goal of the program is to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders among First Responders and lay persons.
COSA is administering mental health awareness training through one-hour presentations and certifying first responders, family members of First Responders, and lay persons in Mental Health First Aid.

Signs and Symptoms

Read more about some of the common signs and symptoms associated with mental health, along with ways to recognize them:


Available here are some additional resources in helping you understand not only mental health as an individual, but ways other groups and populations address it within their communities:


Here you can find available training courses that COSA offers regarding mental health first aid for youth, as well as adults. Click the button below to find out more about what is offered:

If you, or anyone you know is having any suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-272-TALK (8255). The call is free and confidential, and provides support and consultation to anyone who may need it to prevent suicide from occurring. You can text HELP to 741741, or go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website at