Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid ?

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized evidence-based program that was created and is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. It is an eight-hour class that helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. You learn by engaging in the materials and relating what you learn to real-life situations. Role-playing, group discussions, and exercises keep you engaged and allow you to practice helping skills.

WHY TAKE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

 1. To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis
 2. Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year
 3. You care: be there for a friend, family member, or colleague
 4. You can help: people with mental illnesses often suffer alone 

SKILLS LEARNED

In the Mental Health First Aid training, you will learn:      

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to turn for help
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.

  • College/university leaders
  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resource professionals
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policy makers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Parents

Upcoming Trainings

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St. Croix County

Polk County

Pierce County

 

 

St. Croix County:             

Friday, September 27, 2019

Time:             8:00 am - 4:30pm

Location:       Western Wisconsin Health, 1100 Bergslien Street, Baldwin, WI 54002

Instructors:   Angela Branum & Lindsey Greer

Fee:                The registration fee for this course is $10. The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to the generous donors of United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.  

 

 

FRIDAY, November 15, 2019

Time:             8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location:       Western Wisconsin Health, 1100 Bergslien Street, Baldwin, WI 54002

Instructors:   Angela Branum & Lindsey Greer

Fee:                The registration fee for this course is $10. The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to the generous donors of United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.  

 

 

Pierce County

 

Date:              Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:       River Falls Area Hospital, 1629 E Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022 

Instructors:   Melissa Eisen & Dr. Amy Schreiner

Fee:                The registration fee for this course is $10. The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to the generous donors of United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.  

 

Polk County
 

Date:              Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:       Amery Hospital and Clinic, 265 Griffin Street E. 

Instructors:   Heather Erickson

Fee:                There is no registration fee for this course. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                      Thanks to the generous donors of the Amery Health and Wellness Advisory Fund and the United Way St. Croix Valley,                                      participants may attend at no cost.

 

Date:              Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:       Amery Hospital and Clinic, 265 Griffin Street E. 

Instructors:   Heather Erickson

Fee:                There is no registration fee for this course. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                     Thanks to the generous donors of the Amery Health and Wellness Advisory Fund and the United Way St. Croix Valley,                                      participants may attend at no cost.

Why Take Mental Health First Aid?

 1. To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis
 2. Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year
 3. You care: be there for a friend, family member, or colleague
 4. You can help: people with mental illnesses often suffer alone 

Skills Learned

In the Mental Health First Aid training, you will learn:      

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to turn for help
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis

Who Should Attend?

The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.

  • College/university leaders
  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resource professionals
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policy makers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Parents

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