WHAT DOES THIS TRAINING ENTAIL?
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental illness, substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
WHO IS THIS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING FOR?
Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community. Professionals such as EMS, health care providers, public health, community based organizations, educators, faith communities, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction should get trained.
WHY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID MATTERS!
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone in a mental crisis. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.
The National Council for Behavioral Health operates Mental Health First Aid USA in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. For more information on Mental Health First Aid please visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/.
*Due to the popularity of this training, we ask that only one person per organization attend.