Life Savers

Start your new year off right--by learning to save lives. We will offer Mental Health First Aid training in January and February. 

A rise in suicides has led to a decline in life expectancy in the United States. You don't need a medical degree or a counseling license to prevent suicide: You just need to care. 

But helping seems intimidating. How do you know when someone is feeling a little blue or contemplating suicide? What do you say to someone with depression? What resources are available for people with mental illness?

We are here to help. 

Superhero training

The suicide statistics are scary. And intervention seems daunting. But it's not hopeless. We offer training that teaches everyday citizens to become superheroes. 

Traditional first aid training teaches participants to perform CPR or create a tourniquet to save lives. Mental Health First Aid provides the skills to help during a mental health crisis. We offer both youth and adult curriculums of the training.

Through role-playing and simulations, participants gain skills to offer assistance in a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the common risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The course will enable participants to offer community resources to people in crisis.

Upcoming opportunities

The 8-hour course is available for individuals and organizations. It is provided over one or two days. The $25 registration fee includes a workbook, refreshments and lunch on the first day of training. Classes are limited to 25 participants.

  • A Mental Health First Aid (Adult) training will be held Jan. 30-31 at Sylvania Heights Baptist Church in Spotsylvania County. The session will last from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 31·

  • A Mental Health First Aid (Adult) training will be held March 18-19 at the LifeCare Corporate Building, 1180 International Parkway in Stafford County

  • A Mental Health First Aid (Adult) training will be held June 19-20, 2019 at Rappahannock United Way, 3310 Shannon Park Drive in Spotsylvania.

  • A Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be held Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LifeCare Corporate Building, 1180 International Parkway in Stafford County


To register for the training, contact Jennifer Bateman, Prevention Specialist, at 540/374-3337, ext. 100 or


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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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