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SC Thrive Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid

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Adult Mental Health First Aid

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Adult Mental Health First Aid

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When you use the skills you learn in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), you are the first line of support for a person in need. You are there to help them feel less distressed, and you can be a vital source in helping them seek further assistance.

Your body language, what you say, and how well you listen can have a powerful impact. The quality and type of support you offer through listening can enhance coping and self-esteem. With an accurate view of mental health challenges and using a strengths-based holistic perspective, you can help others to help themselves.

Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.

You can also be an advocate, empower your community, and improve self-care. As a Mental Health First Aider, you can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health challenge. Your actions can be a first step in someone’s recovery journey.

This training is provided FREE to South Carolinians and is all virtual so you may learn from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

You will need to have access to the following to attend this training:

  • Computer
  • Internet Connection
  • Microphone
  • Camera/Video
  • Updated version of Zoom

What to expect?

There is a two hour online self-paced course covering the In this MANDATORY prerequisite session, you will focus on an introduction to Mental Health First Aid including signs and symptoms in the context of feelings, behaviors, thoughts and appearances. You will be sent a link and login information two weeks prior to the live event and you may complete it on your own schedule. This introduction course MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ATTENDING THE LIVE SESSION.

There is a six hour interactive, instructor-led training via Zoom available on the date of your choice. This section of the course focuses on skill development, application, and self care. You will receive a participant processing guide and manual as well as a three year nationally recognized mental health first aid certification. Class size is limited to a maximum of 30 participants to ensure engagement with all attendees.

Participants will go through a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. After completion of the entire course, each participant will receive a nationally recognized, 3-Year Mental Health FIrst Aid Certification from the National Council of Behavioral Health.

The Mental Health First Aid course focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a challenge rather than on a specific disorder. You will learn an action plan to apply to non-crisis and crisis scenarios. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.
  • Identify the impact of mental health challenges on the well-being of adults in the United States.
  • Explain that recovery from a mental health challenge is possible.
  • Describe the principles of safety and privacy for both the Mental Health First Aider and the person receiving Mental Health First Aid.
  • Explain the 5 steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE).
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact adults.
  • Evaluate the impact of early intervention on mental health challenges.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows early signs of a mental health challenge.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows worsening signs of a mental health challenge.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation
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