Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a program that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The program gives participants the skills and confidence to provide initial support to those who are experiencing a crisis in their community. 

After this course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a person in crisis
  • Know how to connect a person with help
  • Use self-care tools and techniques.

Extension Winnebago County provides Adult Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA). First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6.5-hour, instructor-led session. 

To request training, please contact the Health and Well-Being Educator, Katie Jaegly, at

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid

Suicide Prevention

If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health emergency,
please call 911.

Winnebago County Crisis Intervention Hotline: (920) 233-7707
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
Crisis Text Line: Text HOPELINE to 741741

Need to talk? Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a serious public health challenge that affects individuals, families, and communities. UW-Extension honors Suicide Prevention Month in September and has compiled the following resources for use year-round:

Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Mental Health Connection Search Tool: Search for community resources, mental health care providers, and treatment programs near you.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin
Suicide Prevention Month Messaging Toolkit 2023

We Heart You: Download the We Heart You app for local resources and support by clicking on the image to the right.