Mental Health America of the MidSouth

Mental Health Training Coordinator

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is a 75-year-old mainstay that provides an array of trainings, programs, and advocacy work to promote mental health and emotional wellness.  This Nashville-based affiliate is the largest Mental Health America affiliate in the South. Programs focus on suicide prevention, anti-bullying in schools, multicultural outreach, support for Alzheimer’s caregivers, mental health screenings, workplace wellness, and more.

The Mental Health Training Coordinator will train a variety of community stakeholders throughout 50 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. In accordance with MHA’s Mission to promote mental and emotional health to Tennesseans through education, advocacy, and service. The trainer will train first responders, veterans, school personnel, and students in a variety of evidence-based curricula: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Signs of Suicide (SOS), and a variety of Mental Health first Aid (MHFA) modules. The trainings will be complemented with a variety of local, national, and online resources so the trainees will be able to make strong referrals.

Job Responsibilities

●             Become an accredited instructor in QPR, SOS, and various components of MHFA (including Youth, Veterans, and Public Safety);

●             Market and recruit participants for trainings, including but not limited to first responders, airport police, university/college security, hospital security, game wardens, 9-1-1 dispatch, homeland security personnel, highway patrol, corrections officers, juvenile justice staff, Red Cross volunteers, disaster response personnel, school resource officers, school teachers and administrators, and older high school students;

●             Perform and evaluate trainings, which includes the maintenance of records and reports;

●             Maintain the efficacy of all trainings by adhering to the highest standards;

●             Actively participate on relevant coalitions and task forces, including the NAMI CIT Task Force, Alternative Transportation Task Force for Psychiatric Patients, Find Hope Franklin, Project AWARE, ACE Nashville, and various coalitions associated with the TN Dept of Education and KidCentral;

●             Schedule trained facilitators and co-facilitators for QPR, SOS, and MHFA, always ensuring that their training certification is still active;

●             Recognize and thank schools, departments, agencies, and trainees appropriately;

●             Work collaboratively with co-workers and partner agencies;

●             Other duties as assigned


●             Bachelors degree in psychology, social work, public health, education, or similar social science field (Masters preferred);

●             Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and facilitation/training skills

●             Relevant work or volunteer experience as a trainer, educator, or instructor;

●             Proficiency in MS Office (especially PowerPoint), Outlook, and similar software;

●             Ability to travel throughout Middle and West Tennessee with a reliable vehicle and with proof of liability insurance;

●             Ability to stand and train others for 8 hours (which is the duration of MHFA training);

●             Personal qualities that include strong work ethic, enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, team-player, and good organization and calendaring skills.


  • Satisfactory completion of the required Train-the Trainer curriculum for QPR, SOS, and MHFA, along with additional trainings as needed.
  • The  must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Up to 40% travel may be required by this position, most of which will be day travel to surrounding counties.

Additional Information


This position pays $40,000-$45,000 annually, to be paid semi-monthly.  MHA offers excellent benefits that include mileage reimbursement, a 403B match, long-term disability, generous paid leave, etc. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to Amber Hampton, Program Director, at


  • Date Posted: October 6, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 10/25/2021
  • Salary Range: 40,000-45,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.