Free Mental Health Training


Sweetser offers Free Mental Health Training to educate community members on how to recognize and respond to the mental health needs of people of all ages.

Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the program enables the Sweetser Training Institute to provide the following courses:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders so you can provide initial support to someone experiencing an issue and help connect them to appropriate care.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based training to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and traumatic events. 

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) addresses the results of a study correlating adverse childhood experiences on health and social problems as an adult, as well as how we can prevent some of these stressors in our communities.

Who should be trained in Mental Health Awareness?

  • Police
  • Veterans
  • Fire Fighters
  • Other First Responders
  • Educators
  • Volunteers
  • Business Leaders
  • The General Public
  • Nursing Home Staff
  • You!
  • Corrections Officers

What will the courses teach you?

  • The signs & symptoms of mental health challenges & common disorders
  • Trauma & its impact on development
  • How to identify & respond to individuals who have experienced trauma
  • Skills to support someone in crisis
  • Strategies for connecting individuals to resources
  • How to build self-care skills

Training will be provided for free within parts of Androscoggin, northern coastal Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties.


    If you are interested in attending one of these FREE Mental Health courses, please call us at 207-294-4414 or email us at