Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification Class

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Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd

Columbia, MD 21045

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Choose the Sun Consulting and Columbia Rising, LLC has partnered with the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition to offer FREE Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification training for those who live or work in Howard County (must provide address at registration).

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid (certified by The National Council for Behavioral Health) is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.

Upon completion of this certification course, Mental Helath First Aiders will be able to:

  • better recognize signs and symptons shown and expressed by people experiencing a mental health disorder and.or crisis;

  • provide appropriate support until treatment or further assiatnce is available;

  • help remove the stigma of mental illness and demistify the topic of mental health.

This course is 8 hours, not including a 30-minute lunch break. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a 3-year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. For more information about Mental Health First Aid, visit

*Please note that due to both the length and content of this course, this is an Adult-only event.*


Catherine Roogow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult and Youth)

Owner, Columbia Rising LLC

Columbia Rising LLC-Behavioral Health Informed Practices for Business and the Community

Industry specific behavioral health training and consultation for companies and professional associations. Mental health and substance use awareness education and instruction for public agencies and social organizations.

Columbia Rising LLC is invested in improving the understanding of mental health and how mental health functioning can impact our lives professionally, socially and within our personal relationships. Whether at home, work or engaged in the community the impact of behavioral health functioning is present. Everyone has mental health, just as everybody has physical health, and both reside upon a continuum from fitness to illness. However, behavioral health needs are not given the same consideration as medical health needs. Columbia Rising LLC aims to rectify this by bringing Behavioral Health Informed Practices into corporate and social settings to address the importance of behavioral health functioning in our professional performance and daily interactions.

For more information or to connect contact me at:

Naeemah Staggs, MHS

Founder and Owner, Choose the Sun Consulting

National Trainer | Speaker | Community Educator

A Certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Naeemah Staggs, is also a former licensed counselor who now focuses on a more macro approach to healing. Inspired by the compassion of everyday people making a difference in the lives of others, she is passionate about empowering communities to be a part of the solution. For over 15 years, Naeemah has helped national, state, and local organizations and the children, youth and families they serve by working to ensure the health and well-being of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.

In her free time, Naeemah enjoys engaging with women both online and in-person to share stories, strategies and resources for living an inspired life. A native Washingtonian, Naeemah currently lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with her husband and 4 year old daughter.

Naeemah invites you to learn more by visiting her website at


The HCLHIC works to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Howard County. We have participants from several organizations who bring a variety of perspectives to our work. Please visit our website for more information:

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