PEER-TO-PEER SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL CARE SIMPLIFIED

Spiritual First Aid

The course transforming everyday people on the frontlines of the mental health crisis
into spiritual first responders through our proven BLESS CPR framework.

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BIBLICALLY-INFORMED.
EVIDENCE-INFORMED.
TRAUMA-INFORMED.

 We Are in a Mental Health Crisis

 

More people need help than there are professional helpers available. Without proper training, you and others in your church, organization, or community are likely to... 

Not know what to say.

Not know what to do.

Miss signs of emotional struggles.

Mistake everything for trauma.‚Äč

Experience burnout.

Experience compassion fatigue.

No wonder you feel caught in a cycle of second-guessing, worrying if you’ve done enough, and questioning if your efforts matter. When this happens, it's easy to sink time and resources into overly complex programs or into accidentally reinventing the wheel. You don't have to keep repeating these patterns; there's a better, easier, and proven way to care. Spiritual First Aid’s BLESS CPR step-by-step framework and turnkey courses will take the guesswork out of how you care for others struggling with everything from mild stress to mass trauma.

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We've Been There, Too

CO-FOUNDERS OF SPIRITUAL FIRST AID

We know first hand how lonely and overwhelming walking with others through mental health struggles can feel. That’s why we created Spiritual First Aid, so you can can make a difference without burning out, and feel confident in the care you give. You'll gain scriptural insights, jargon-free training, research-backed skills, trauma care practices, field-tested tools, actionable tips, and real stories from the frontlines (including our mistakes so you can avoid them). 

Jamie Aten, Ph.D.
Trauma Psychologist

Kent Annan, M.Div.
Humanitarian Ministry Leader

 

 

 Mental health is complex.

 Helping doesn't have to be.

 

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How Spiritual First Aid Was Developed

30 Years


OF FRONTLINE MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

24 Years


OF PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH EXPERIENCE

15 Years


OF RESEARCH

5 Years


OF FIELD TESTING

Everything You Need to Make a Difference

 

You don’t have to be a professional helper or have lots of experience to make a difference. We created Spiritual First Aid so anyone with a desire to help can, regardless of education, training, or profession. We'll give you a plan for leveraging your strengths, research-backed skills, and practical tools to unlock your potential as a helper.

Flexible Formats

Options include on-demand, facilitator-led groups, workshops, and mini courses.

ALL-INCLUSIVE

Online training videos,  downloadable field guide, workbook, and tools.

HANDS-ON

Gain practical helping skills through applied activities and role-plays.

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Choose the Course Format Best for You

On-Demand Certificate Course

This self-paced course is perfect for individuals and can be completed in about six hours.

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Facilitator-Led Group Certificate Course

Ideal for small groups, this course consists of six sessions that can be completed in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid format, each requiring ninety minutes to two hours. This structure allows participants to complete the course in as little as nine hours over a six-week period.

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Workshop Certificate Course

Invite our team to speak on-site or virtually at your next event, customized for medium and larger groups, this course can be completed in just one full-day of training.

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Child and Adolescent Mini Course

This introductory course on helping youth with mental health challenges and trauma can be completed individually on-demand in 1-2 hours, or as part of a facilitator-led group in just 2-3 hours.

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JOIN THE SPIRITUAL FIRST AID COMMUNITY

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We're serious about helping you grow as a Spiritual First Aid Responder. Join our community of over 40,000 mental health champions already subscribed to our newsletter, and we'll send a FREE resource to your inbox every week.

What You'll Learn

 

Gain the know-how and skills to quickly triage and provide rapid care for unmet BLESS needs and trauma using our step-by-step BLESS CPR framework. Providing support in this way helps people positively engage their faith, feel more connected, cultivate healthy coping practices, and improve resilience. 

BLESS NEEDS

Gain a deeper understanding of the five core needs our research shows are are most likely to cause spiritual and emotional distress when unmet. Each need is deeply interconnected and can impact faith. Our studies also show trauma commonly causes these needs to go unmet.

BLESS CPR

 

Similar to medical first aid which provides temporary care, Spiritual First Aid's BLESS CPR step-by-step framework will help you master small actions that make a big difference. You'll learn how to prevent spiritual and emotional injuries from worsening, provide critical in-between care, and connect others with resources for long-term healing.

Together We Can Reverse the Mental Health Crisis

Join the movement of Christian mental health champions working to bridge the gap between those needing care and professional mental health resources. Enroll today so you don't have to keep helping alone and can stop worrying if you did enough to help. 

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