Similar to First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), for medical emergencies, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trains participants to identify and respond with a 5-step action plan to potential mental illness or substance use disorders until appropriate professional help can arrive.
Training staff to recognize risk factors and warning signs through experiential activities can minimize the impact of illness on employees and the workplace.
Youth MHFA is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. It is primarily designed for adult participants who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.
Adult MHFA is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Available in both English and Spanish, course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in their community. Instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders. Look for icons on instructor profiles for public safety, rural, higher education and faith.
Topics covered include: Emotional Problems, Depression, Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behavior, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, Acute Stress Reaction, Psychotic Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders, Eating Disorders, Self-Injury, and more.
Earn Your Certification
Completion of each 8-hour course earns participants Mental Health First Aider certification (valid for three years) through the National Council on Behavioral Health. Certification is ideal for educators, community volunteers, church groups, day care staff, social service providers, business leaders, training departments, supervisors and organizations dealing directly with the public.
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