“It was clear to me we needed to do this [Mental Health First Aid]. I wouldn’t let it go…My sense is we have a responsibility to pay close attention to the issues and look after our community.”

Donald H. DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Rhode Island 

“So many people are out there wishing for something better, hoping that help will show up. That’s what Mental Health First Aid is – it is help to get people connected to care and ultimately to get them to a better place.”

Tousha Paxton-Barnes, U.S. Army Veteran

“Mental Health First Aid gives you good, actionable things to do when you see someone struggling. If there was a person choking, you’d want to do the Heimlich, or you’d want to have someone who knew CPR, but when someone is having a panic attack or an anxiety attack, I wasn’t sure what actionable steps to take."

Martha Tilmon, Cerner