CFLR now a Mental Health First Aid Implementation Site

Utica, New York – Center for Family Life and Recovery is now a Mental Health First Aid Implementation site. Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Center for Family Life & Recovery will be offering an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to any interested audiences in their community.  Those trained include educators and school administrators, human resources professionals, members of faith communities, homeless shelter workers, health and human services workers, nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers, police, first responders and security personnel, mental health authorities, policymakers, substance use treatment professionals, social workers, persons with mental illness/addictions and their families and caring citizens.

Mental health is not an on and off button rather a one step at a time to mental well-being.  We all have days of feeling not ourselves, depressed, not being ok, feeling somewhat alone or not quite putting a finger on what the brain is feeling or understanding.  We may also have days of feeling resilient, joyful, loved,  strong and optimistic.  All feelings such as these can come in waves, even tsunamis at times that can overwhelm us, change our thoughts, moods and even our behaviors. Mental Health is our influencer on how we think feel and act, how we love, cope, and have positive social-emotional well-being.  What is important is to let someone know who is struggling is that they are not alone, there is help, hope, and healing is possible.

“Don’t let mental health define YOU, rather YOU define your mental health” Says Jodi Warren, Director of Prevention Services. “We are excited to offer this program to our community.”

Trainings for member of the mental health community are now being offered through The CFLR Professional Training Program.

  • 11/5 for youth
  • 11/12 for adults


  • Topic will be Mental Health First Aid.
  • Time: 8:30am – 4pm, with 30 minute lunch break. Lunch will not be provided.
  • Cost: $50 per student, seats are limited to 10 participants per training.
  • Location: Center for Family Life & Recovery, 502 Court Street, Suite 401, Utica, New York 13502

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert for advocacy, prevention, counseling, and training.  As a community partner, it is important to us that we continue spreading the message of help and hope to our area and with those whom we work.

Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives.  The vision of CFLR is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery.

To learn more, visit or call (315) 733-1709.

Posted by Cassandra Sheets