A free mental health first aid training session will be held March 6 and 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. in New Milford.

The training, to be held at John Pettibone Community Center at 2 Pickett District Road, is sponsored by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce

“Mental health challenges touch all of us; my hope is that this training can promote wellness and speed recovery for those in need within our community,” said Denise Del Mastro, executive director of the chamber.

“We are excited to be supporting this important national initiative, and we believe that this training and the business community are a natural fit,” she said.

Registration is required by visiting www.mhconn.org/education/mental-health-first-aid.

Mental health first aid trainings are available locally under a federal grant (SAMHSA Project AWARE Community Grant) awarded to Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.

Like CPR, mental health first aid eight-hour certificate training provides community members with tools to respond to someone who is in crisis; however, it also helps participants to recognize the signs and symptoms of a developing mental health problem and provide an important bridge to care.

Those who receive this certificate training are not professionals and do not diagnose or provide therapy; instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions about what to do and where someone may find help.

Available in the U.S. for 10 years and managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, one million first aiders have been trained to date.