Mental Health First Responder

Approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives. When we struggle with mental health problems, it can affect our work, home life, and even our relationships. And sometimes the disruption it causes can be severe, even life-threatening.

The good news is that help is available. Unfortunately, many never get the mental health care they need due to shame and stigma, a lack of recognition of the problem, or they just don’t know where to turn for help. That’s where you come in — as a Mental Health First Responder (MHFR), you can become a bridge to the care a struggling person needs.

Mental Health First Responder training equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to detect when others are experiencing a significant mental health problem, provide basic support, and then help link them to the available care. The Caterpillar EAP team is offering several training options to match organizational goals and preferences.


Introduction to MHFR Skills This 1-hour, facilitator led course will provide basic information about mental health and the MHFR model. This course is a prerequisite for advanced MHFR trainings. Offered monthly via WorkDay Learning.
MHFR Overview This 30-minute session provides participants a general overview of the MHFR program. Offered by request. Contact Dr. John Pompe at for more information.
MHFR Core Content This interactive, 2-hour workshop builds on the 1-hour Introduction to MHFR Skills course. Participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to deliver support as a MHFR and practice those skills through case examples, tabletop exercises, and group interaction. Offered by request. Contact Dr. John Pompe at for more information.