Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA Training

Mental Health First Aid is a ground-breaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated and disseminated by three national authorities: the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Q: What is Mental Health First Aid?
A: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training course that teaches skills to help someone experi- encing a mental health crisis. The program builds mental health literacy and helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

Q: Who should take a Mental Health First Aid course?
A: Mental Health First Aid is for police officers and other first responders, human resource directors, primary care workers, teachers, clergy, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction and anyone else interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction.

Q: What do Mental Health First Aid training participants learn?
A: Mental Health First Aid teaches a person with no clinical training how to assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aid uses a five-step strategy:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Listen nonjudgmentally
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Trainees are taught to apply the ALGEE strategy in various situations, including helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal or assisting someone who has overdosed. The training includes practicing the intervention strategy, making it easier to apply it in real life.

Trainees learn to spot risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use
problems. They also take part in activities
that demonstrate the impact of mental illness and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

Cost: $35; Participants will receive a manual, certification in MHFA and light refreshments.

CEU’s: CEUs for social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapies
CEAP and HRCI certifications available

Upcoming dates, times and locations:

September 28, 2015 – Adolescent Training

October 26, 2015 – Adult Training