HMHA now offering Mental Health First Aid
course to  community

Hanover Mental Health Association now offers an eight-hour course to the community called Mental Health First Aid. 

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

Our instructor is Karen Rice, MSW, LCSW, a member of the board of Hanover Mental Health Association. She is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to teach the eight-hour course. Ms. Rice is director of clinical and community services for Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and specializes in treating anxiety and depression, working with teens, and facilitating conflict resolution with separated and divorced co-parents.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid or to schedule a class for your organization, church, or other group, contact Karen Rice at or Linda Evans at


Learn more about how Mental Health First Aid can help you, your organization, church, workplace or other group better understand mental illness and assist individuals as they seek treatment and move toward recovery. 

HMHA is an affiliate of Mental Health America and Mental Health America of Virginia, where you can find area resources and a warm line.

News and Events:

We want to keep you up to date: HMHA has launched an e-newsletter to communicate better with our community. If you would like to keep up with news from us a few times per year, please send your email address to

HMHA will again be partnering with Ashland Street Parties to raise funds towards operation of our Tom Hale III Education Center in Ashland. Look for us at the May 17 Summer Kickoff party featuring Steve Basset and Robbin Thompson!

Hanover Mental Health Association, 203 S. Taylor St., Ashland, VA 23005

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