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Mental Health First Aid

Virtual Classes will be October 31 and November 5, if interested, email David Sills

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports.

This 7-hour course uses role- playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

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).


Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:
– Assess for risk of suicide or harm
– Listen non-judgmentally
– 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 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 complement the course material.
As COVID-19 is changing our daily reality, there is an important need for Virtual Mental Health First Aid.

The National Council is pleased to announce the recent release of virtual Mental Health First Aid.
First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced class, and then participate in a 5-hour, Instructor-led class using videoconferencing technology.

The virtual training includes expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care. MHFA includes new content applicable for adults working with adults. The content is gender neutral and culturally relevant.
We thank you for choosing to #BeTheDifference and hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.
Read more about how to #BeTheDifference during COVID-19.

If interested, email David Sills

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