Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, available beginning April 2014, focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran and family population.
As part of the City's Thrive NYC initiative, the NYC Department of Health is offering free MHFA training to all New Yorkers. MHFA is a groundbreaking public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises.