WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.
Mental Health First Aid Curriculum
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course taught by certified instructors. The training allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and addictions. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports.
WHO SHOULD TAKE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING?
Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community. The course is presented to chambers of commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, rotary clubs, parent organizations, social clubs, and other groups. Professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction should get trained.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AT CONFERENCE ‘15
8-Hour Community Course
8-Hour Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Course
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID Instructor Summit
The Summit will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
Keep an eye out for two workshops on Mental Health First Aid!
Mental Health First Aid: The Coca-Cola of Behavioral Health Education
Youth Mental Health First Aid: Where the Rubber Meets the Road