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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Saturdays, FebRuary 29 & March 7

Time:             8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location:      Hudson High School, 1501 Vine Street, Hudson, WI 54016

Instructors:   Kristin Newton & Dani Garcia

Fee:               Registration for the class is free thanks to the generous support of The Butterfly Path & United Way St. Croix Valley.

 

Friday, March 6

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Instructors:   Lori Zierl & Kathy Hogberg

Fee:               $20 registration fee.  The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to generous donations to the United Way St. Croix Valley and other sponsors, participants may attend at this reduced rate. 

 

TUESDAY, March 17 & THURSday, March 19 - Morning Class

Time:             8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:       River Falls School District Administration Building - Office Conference Room, 862 E. Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022

Instructors:   Jennifer Peterson & Brittney Matheson

Fee:               $20 registration fee.  The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to generous donations to the United Way St. Croix Valley and other sponsors, participants may attend at this reduced rate. 

 

TUESDAY, MARch 17 & THURSday, MARch 19 - Afternoon Class

Time:             12:30 - 4:30 pm

Location:       River Falls School District Administration Building - Office Conference Room, 862 E. Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022

Instructors:   Jennifer Peterson & Brittney Matheson

Fee:               $20 registration fee.  The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to generous donations to the United Way St. Croix Valley and other sponsors, participants may attend at this reduced rate. 

 

Thursday, May 14

Time:             8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location:       River Falls School District Administration Building - Office Conference Room, 862 E. Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022

Instructors:   Jennifer Peterson & Brittney Matheson

Fee:               $20 registration fee.  The course has a value of $170 per participant. Thanks to generous donations to the United Way St. Croix Valley and other sponsors, participants may attend at this reduced rate. 

 

Continuing Education Credits

Mental Health First Aid training may be eligible for continuing education credits. Below you will find a link to the class syllabus that includes learning objectives, agenda and more. If you need more information, please contact Jessica Neumann at 715-377-0203 x 103 or [email protected]

Mental Health First Aid Syllabus

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