The purpose of the Regional Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Grant Program is to increase the capacity of the Johnston, Murray, and Pontotoc County communities in responding to and interacting with individuals in crisis or with other mental health and behavioral health issues. This program will train individuals in the community, including teachers, parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, youth group leaders, tribal partners, veterans and families, and more, to improve mental health awareness and understanding. The program will also serve as a connection resource to better link individuals and families with mental health or behavioral issues to appropriate services.

Upcoming trainings - Mental Health First Aid trainings are available again. Please contact us to find out more about live, virtual or blended trainings. Contact Holli Witherington at or Angela Sliger at

*CEU's available!

Contact us to schedule a Mental Health First Aid training for your agency or group!

We are open to providing this training for professional development to faculty and staff in local school districts, to behavioral health or youth-serving agencies, veteran and veteran serving organizations, faith-based communities, camp staff, foster parents, general community members, etc. 

If you would like more information about scheduling a training, please let us know. Grant staff can also come to YOU and provide a free presentation about the topics covered in the program. Contact Holli Witherington at or 580-559-5815 with any questions or concerns.

The main requirements are that it have a minimum of 15 registrants (maximum of 30) and take place in our region! 

We can offer the following Mental Health First Aid programs:   

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid: recommended for any and all adults.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid: for adults who interact with youth ages 12-18 in any personal and professional capacity.



MHFA Instructor Resource Guide

Other Helpful Links:

Mental Health First Aid website

Crisis Text Line

Love Is Respect


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project

Celebrate Recovery

Chickasaw Nation Services Directory

Ada Homeless Services

Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition