Mental Health First Aid

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally-recognized, evidence-based program that is managed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. The Mental Health First Aid course teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.  Participants engage in group discussions and exercises to understand course content and practice helping skills.

WHY TAKE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

  • Just as CPR helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.
  • Mental illnesses are common.  In any given year, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness.
  • Mental Health First Aid will help you be there for a friend, family member, or colleague.  People with mental illnesses often suffer alone; after training in Mental Health First Aid, you will better understand the signs and symptoms to look for and how to provide initial help.

WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU LEARN?

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?

Mental Health First Aid 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

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.  Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.  Courses are offered at a reduced rate of $10 per attendee (Reg. $28.95) thanks to grant funding from the Hudson Hospital Foundation and Healthier Together Pierce and St. Croix. Virtual courses require registration and two hours of pre-work to be completed prior to attending the virtual sessions.    

Virtual Courses

Thursdays, September 23 & 30
12:30 - 3:30 pm each date
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YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

This course is designed for adults to recognize and provide support for youth (12-18) suffering signs and symptoms of mental health distress.  These classes are available at no cost, require registration and 2 hours of pre-work to be completed prior to attending the virtual class. 

Currently, there are no Youth Mental Health First Aid courses scheduled.  If you are interested in hearing about future opportunities or would like to host a Youth Mental Health First Aid course are your organization, please contact Alyson Sauter, 211 Community Impact Director, at [email protected].  

If you would like more information on available mental health resources and supports, please call 211 (1-877-947-2211 for non-715 area codes) or text your zip code to 898211.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Mental Health First Aid training may be eligible for continuing education credits. See the course syllabus below for Mental Health First Aid learning objectives, agenda and more. For additional information, please contact Alyson Sauter at 715-377-0203 x 103 or [email protected].

Mental Health First Aid Syllabus

Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsors

Training Sponsors