Mental-Health-Logo-2Mental Health First Aid  (MHFA) trainings assist both adults and youth in need.  MHFA is a public education program.  It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of its impact, and gives an overview of common supports.  There are 2 courses available,  one for recognizing the warning signs in youth, the other in adults.  Each 8-hour courses uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.  View this Mental Health First Aid flyer for more information.  To find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org or call DPI at 754-321-1655.

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Course Details

vertical mhfa bannerMental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional 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

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  For more information or questions about Mental Health First Aid, please go to [email protected] or call DPI at 754-321-1655.  To find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org or call DPI at 754-321-1655.

Upcoming Trainings

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Flyer

Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainings Flyer

The United Way is hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.  View this flyer to find out more.

For more information or questions about Mental Health First Aid, please go to [email protected] or call DPI at 754-321-1655.  To find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org or call DPI at 754-321-1655.