Educational Programs

MHALC believes in educating individuals to make informed decisions about their mental health and helping to eliminate the widespread stigma associated with mental illness and health.

Our Mental Health Academy was developed in response to the need for ongoing education in our schools, businesses, prisons, community groups and churches.

Ask about developing a customized presentation, training, panel discussion, speaker or workshop to accomplish your long-term educational goals.

MHA has a free lending library of videos, books and pamphlets. You may request a non-contact pick up customized materials, information on MHA services, gun lock kits, suicide prevention wallet cards and crisis sign on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. View our library collection here.

If you’re interested in taking courses to expand your own knowledge about mental health, responding to a crisis or building coping skills, check out the MHALC Wellness Academy.   MHALC will train you as an individual or bring a full-scale training to your business or group.

Please contact our office at for more information.

For Schools

The mental health challenges for our students are greater than ever.


Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens? Do you feel prepared with how to support a student with mental health needs?


Whether you need training for school staff, students, or parents— MHA offers simple, easy-to-follow trainings that increase mental health awareness, reduce faulty stigma, and provide supportive resources to potentially save lives.


Training Topics Available
1. Trauma-informed education awareness
2. Behavioral health awareness
3. Suicide and bullying awareness
4. QPR Training (Suicide Prevention Training)
5. Self-care and wellness strategies

6. Have an idea or need something individualized? Email Kay Bela at



SPECIAL THANKS to the ARCONIC Foundation for supporting mental health in schools. Through a generous grant, we are able to provide free mental health training to students, educators, and parents.

Mental Health Academy

We can help your school classroom, work place, event group, place of worship or organization take the necessary steps to provide education on difficult subjects. Request a presentation, panelist, resources,speaker or training for your student body, staff, volunteers or community group.

Contact MHA at 717-397-7461 or to start a conversation based on your educational goals. We are working both in-person and virtually throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to meet your needs. Our office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Our topics can be customized or recommended based on common themes:
  • Suicide Prevention
  • De-Escalation and Conflict
  • Resolution
  • Specific Mental Illnesses
  • Self Care
  • Stress Management

Peer Education

A Peer Educator is someone who has journeyed the experience of having a mental health disorder and has embraced the concept of recovery and wellness.  Our Peer Educators offer their personal recovery story, lead discussion groups & trainings, act as a panelist or speak in our community. Ask about a Peer Educator for senior centers, hospitals, prisons, schools and community-sponsored events.

Please contact MHA at to schedule an event with a Peer Educator, or to learn how to become one.

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