Mental Health First Aid Training

November-04-2023 - November-04-2023

10:00:AM - 06:00:PM


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based certification program, which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and addictions and builds understanding of their impact. Similar to how CPR training helps a layperson assist an individual following a heart attack, MHFA teaches non-mental health professionals how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder.

Instructor: Dr. Ali Syed is a dedicated mental health advocate,focusing on increasing literacy and knowledge, and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. He is a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, awarded a full scholarship from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH). With a medical degree from Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine and a recent psychiatry residency completion at The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Syed possesses a comprehensive background in the field.

Passionate about collaborating with faith communities, Dr. Syed specializes in training congregational care leaders in mental health first aid. His research on faith communities and mental health has been featured at the prestigious American Psychiatric Association annual conference. As an Osteopathic Physician, he embraces a holistic approach that integrates the mind, body, and spirit to promote psychological well-being, a principle he incorporates into his MHFA training.

Through partnerships with community mental health centers and faith communities in Kansas City and beyond, Dr. Syed actively trains faith leaders in adult and youth MHFA. His ultimate goal is to utilize the platform of American Muslim Health Professionals to provide MHFA training to individuals and organizations across the United States, with a specific focus on faith communities.