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Disaster Response and Recovery Mental Health First Aid Training

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UF/IFAS NFREC-Suwannee Valley

7580 County Road 136

Live Oak, FL 32060

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Presented by the UF/IFAS PIE Center, UF/IFAS Family Youth & Community Sciences (FYCS) and the Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART), this workshop was designed to provide emergency responders, UF/IFAS extension agents, and community members who are active in natural disasters with the skills needed to address mental health needs and issues following disasters. First aid programs like this aim to create mental health awareness and encourage proactive and informed decision making in individuals before, during, and after disasters. Develop and understanding of mental health and how to support those with mental challenges. This goal of personal resiliency can potentially decrease community risks and vulnerabilty and enhance community resiliency to future disasters, reserve your spot today!

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When do I need to be there?

The training lasts twelve hours and takes place over the course of two days. The first day of training lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the second day lasts from 8 a.m. to noon.

What is the cost?

The cost of registration and materials for this workshop is paid for by SART. Attendees will be responsible for their travel, lodging and per diem expenses.

Who should attend?

The target audience for this workshop includes:

  • First Responders
  • Law Enforcement
  • Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) partner agencies
  • UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff
  • Community members active in disaster response and recovery

However, registration is open to all and encouraged by anyone interested in developing an understanding of mental health and how to support those with mental health challenges.

What should I expect?

The first portion of the training will include Mental Health First Aid training, which is a course developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The goal of this course is to provide attendees with an understanding of mental health, and how to support those with mental health challenges. More information about this training can be found at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Mental Health First Aid training will be done by certified trainers within communities and will include a Mental Health First Aid Manual and handbook for each participant. These trainers will be identified and contracted prior to trainings.

The second portion of training will focus on understanding needs of families and community members during a disaster, and how to best support individuals in the context of a disaster. This training will be conducted by faculty members in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences.

When and where will the workshop take place?

There are seven available sessions to sign up for which will be taking part in each of the seven regions of Florida designated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The one in Suwannee County will take place at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) located at 7580 County Road 136 in Live Oak, FL. For information on other dates and locations, visit www.piecenter.org

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