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14115 Cordary Ave

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018, 8:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. AND

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, 8:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.



Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2001 by Professor Tony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education.


Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged. The Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that prepares members of the public to provide Mental Health First Aid to those in need. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

What do Mental Health First Aid training participants learn?

Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. 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. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build an understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families; and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

What types of crisis interventions are covered?

Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step strategy in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. An important component of the Mental Health First Aid training is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to learn about it. This pure experience can make it easier to apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.

Who should take a Mental Health First Aid course?

Mental Health First Aid is intended for a variety of audiences: friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, key professionals (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction. The training venues will also vary as Mental Health First Aid program sites reach out to Chambers of Commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, Rotary Clubs, parent organizations, social clubs and other groups who make up the fabric of a community. The core program is tailored for response to the general adult population.

About the Program: What You Learn

The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs for 8 hours. Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems build an understanding of their impact and overview common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:

• The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury

• An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities

• A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care

• The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources are available to help someone with a mental health problem.

The Action Plan

Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan, ALGEE, for individuals to provide help to someone who may be in crisis.

• Assess for risk of suicide or harm

• Listen nonjudgmentally

• Give reassurance and information

• Encourage appropriate professional help

• Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Developing mental health problems covered:

• Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, and Substance Misuse

Mental health crises covered:

• Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

• Non-suicidal self-injury

• Panic attacks

• Traumatic events

• Severe psychotic states

• Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuses

• Aggressive behaviors

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