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Mental Health First Aid training | Part 1

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Old Bridge United Methodist Church

3966 Old Bridge Road

Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. This 8 hour training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible.

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.

Be the Difference: Mental Health First Aid USA | https://youtu.be/TT_HLG5FkKA

Mental Health First Aiders must complete the full 8 hours to be certified. This training is offered in 2-part sessions. The second session will be on January 12, 2020.

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Do I have to stay for the full 8 hours?

Yes, Trainees go through an 8-hour training program that teaches them a 5-step action plan to 1) assess a situation, 2) select and implement appropriate interventions, and 3) secure appropriate care for an individual experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. You will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

Do I have any legal obligations now that I am trained?

Mental Health First Aiders who have completed the program are by no means required to act on their knowledge – but have simply been provided with information on how they may be able to do so.

What if the material is too sensitive for me and I do not feel comortable during the training?

We want all participants to feel comfortable with the material. Participants are encouraged to step out of the training room if they feel uneasy at any time.

What is the different between MHFA and ASIST?

Where ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) focuses specifically on suicidal behavior and suicide prevention, MHFA includes the topic of suicide within a wider range of mental health disorders. Much like how physical First Aid addresses a myriad of health issues while CPR is training for one specific health issue.

Do I need to have a medical background to learn from this course?

No. Anyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers, and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.

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