About the Initiative:

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing and kate spade new york are partnering to provide targeted mental health resources and support to the New York City-New Jersey area artists, entertainers and industry professionals with the help of collaborative partners the Entertainment Community Fund, Soho House New York and Love IV Lawrence.

As an extension of the kate spade new york brand’s social impact mission focused on mental health and wellbeing, this project will provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings to artists and entertainers in the New York City-New Jersey area, and provide additional resources to support their communities, friends and family members who may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

To schedule a private MHFA training for your artist organization, complete the training request form. A member of the MHFA team will reach out to you soon afterward.

Mental Health First Aid:

Mental Health First Aid® is the help offered to a person experiencing a mental  health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What It Covers

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems.
  • Information about anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use (including opioids), non-suicidal self injury, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders and eating disorders.
  • A 5-step Action Plan (ALGEE) to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis. 
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.

Course Information:

First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in a 6 hour live seminar training. Both components must be completed in full for learners to become certified Mental Health First Aiders. The course will be offered in two formats:

  • Blended Virtual
    • 2-hour, self-paced online course
    • 6-hour live seminar over Zoom
  • Blended In-person
    • 2-hour, self-paced online course
    • 6-hour live seminar at Soho Works: 430 W. 14th St., New York, NY, 10014.
      Note: You will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccine or wear a mask in the training facility. 

*Note: This MHFA training will require some e-learning coursework prior to the training. Class size is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible to participate, artists and entertainers must be 18 years or older and live in one of the five boroughs of New York City or in Hoboken, N.J. 


Available Dates:

  • Blended Virtual: October 24, 2022, 10am - 4pm EST
  • Blended Virtual: November 7, 10am - 4pm EST
  • Blended In-person: November 14, 2022, 9am - 4pm EST
  • Blended In-person: December 5, 2022, 9am - 4pm EST
  • Blended Virtual: December 12, 2022, 10am - 4pm EST


Please join the Training Waitlist to be contacted about available spaces in full trainings and future training dates.

For assistance with registration or questions about the courses, please contact the Mental Health First Aid team at PartnerWithUs@mentalhealthfirstaid.org. 


In-person Training Location: Soho Works