Mental Health First Aid for Adults
Similar to CPR certification, the MHFA action plan helps a layperson with no clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplation of suicide.
The MHFA training curriculum describes risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use problems. We engage in experiential activities that reveal the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-based treatment and self-help strategies.
MHFA's framework was designed to address a variety of audiences, including friends and families of those with mental illness or addiction; professionals, such as police officers, human resources directors, and primary care workers; school and college administrators; faith-based communities; and anyone interested in learning more about mental health. Training locations vary as MHFA program sites extend to chambers of commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, Rotary Clubs, parent organizations, and other groups.
MHFA's five-step action plan (ALGEE) to help those in crisis:
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Includes a manual, educational materials and continental breakfast and lunch. Eight continuing education credits approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.