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Mental Health First Aid

Evidence-Based and Skill-Based Training

Similar to physical First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, and provides support during non-crisis situations

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Adult is designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Gain easy to use tools and increase your confidence in providing help to others!

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Adult is designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Gain easy to use tools and increase your confidence in providing help to others!

HOW MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR ADULTS CAN HELP

Addresses common mental ​health concerns encountered by adults.

Reduces Stigma

Offers self-help strategies for staying mentally well.

Offers self-help strategies for staying mentally well.

LEARN MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Learn to recognize the signs of mental health problems and crises, and develop the skills to actively help people experiencing these problems: Get trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an internationally recognized interactive program that has trained more than 100,000 people nationwide since its launch in 2009.

 Studies of MHFA show that the training program saves lives, improves the mental health of the individual administering care and the one receiving it, reduces the stigma surrounding mental illness and expands knowledge of mental problems and their treatments..

WHAT YOU LEARN IN A VIRTUAL MHFA COURSE

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for men​tal health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

 

Topics Covered

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness

  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use

  • How to interact with a person in crisis

  • How to connect the person with help

  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

 

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. MHFA Certification, which must be renewed every three years.

The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan ALGEE:

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

  • Listen nonjudgmentally.

  • Give reassurance and information.

  • Encourage appropriate professional help.

  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

National Council for Mental Well-being operates Mental Health First Aid in the USA

 

This course is eligible for 7.5 contact hours of continuing education credits. Please seek approval prior to training. 

 

 

Training Format:

  • VIRTUAL. First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in 2 days 3 hr Virtual Live Instructor-led video conference.

In person Training available upon request.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Adult Course
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.
 
Course Format
You learn by getting involved with the material and relating what you learn to real-life applications. Discussion topics, exercises, and other activities keep you engaged in the course and give you an opportunity to practice helping skills.

Environment
One or two certified instructors lead each course and follow a national curriculum and teaching standards, while emphasizing hope for recovery. Classes usually consist of 30 people or less are offered in a respectful, comfortable environment.

WHO SHOULD TAKE IT

  • Employers

  • Police officers

  • Hospital staff

  • First responders

  • Faith leaders

   • Community members

   • Caring individuals

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