Interfaith Mental Health First Aid Certification Training | Sat, Feb 23



Interfaith Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

An interactive and hands-on training designed to prepare interfaith leaders, educators, youth and community activists

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. MHFA is an 8-hour course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.


Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Catholic Theological Union | 5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 6061


*Registration limited to first 50 registrants
Early Registration: $25 before Wednesday, Feb 13 ($35/person after)

*Ticket includes cost of breakfast, lunch, certificate and training manual

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Event Contact: Program Coordinator Iman Jandali | [email protected] | (510) 914-8935


MHFA Instructor

Sister Abeda Khanam was named the 2015 Hometown Hero in Education and is a science teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Abeda is also a chaplain with the New York State Chaplain Task Force. She is a parental engagement columnist and advocate in the areas of family values, social justice, and mental health. She teaches Mental Health First Aid to her fellow New Yorkers, with the goal of creating robust families and resilient communities.


Partner Organizations

Advocate Health Care | Affinity Health | AMAN-American Muslims Assisting Neighbors | AMEL Education, LLC | American Islamic College  | Ansaar Services | Arab American Family Services | Catholic Theological Union | CDRS Pakistan  | Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance | Connecting Women Media  | Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago | Humanitarian Relief Foundation | ICNA Relief | IL Muslim Civic Coalition | Inner City Muslim Action Network | Interfaith Mental Health Coalition | Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs | J’adore | Lake Shore Muslim Community Center | Moms on the Move | Muslim Community Center-Interfaith & Outreach Committee | Muslim Women’s Alliance | National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban | Niagara Foundation | Northshore Unitarian Church | R & R Event Management | Raaz Inc. | Sanjeevani 4 U | Women’s Empowerment Chicago