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

Date:              Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13

Time:             Friday - 5 - 8:30 pm & Saturday - 8 am - 1:30 pm

Location:       New Richmond Health Center

Instructors:   Dan Hansen

Fee:               $16.95 to cover the cost of the books. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                    Thanks to Healthier Together Pierce & St. Croix Counties, participants may attend at a reduced rate

 

Date:              Wednesday, October 24 & Thursday, October 25

Time:             3:45 - 8:00 pm

Location:       St. Croix Central Elementary School, 202 S Division Street, Roberts, WI 54023

Instructors:   Jessica Muehlbauer & Rachel Everson-Fink

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

 

Date:              Wednesday, November 7 & Thursday, November 8

Time:             3:45 - 8:00 pm

Location:       St. Croix Central Elementary School, 202 S Division Street, Roberts, WI 54023

Instructors:   Jessica Muehlbauer & Rachel Everson-Fink

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

 

Date:              Monday, January 14 & Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time:             3:45 - 8:00 pm

Location:       St. Croix Central Elementary School, 202 S Division Street, Roberts, WI 54023

Instructors:   Jessica Muehlbauer & Rachel Everson-Fink

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

 

Pierce County

 

Date:              Wednesday, October 23

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       River Falls School District Office, 862 Division Street, River Falls, WI 54012

Instructors:   Jennifer Peterson & Heather Erickson

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

 

Date:              Tuesday, November 13

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

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

Instructors:   Kathy Hogberg & Lori Zierl

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

 

 

Polk County

Date:              Tuesday, October 2

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       Amery Hospital & Clinic, 265 Griffin Street E, Amery, WI 54001

Instructors:   Heather Erickson

Fee:               No Registration fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                                                   Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley & the Amery Health and Wellness Advisory Fund,                                         participants may attend at a reduced rate.

 

Date:              Monday, November 5

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       Amery Hospital & Clinic, 265 Griffin Street E, Amery, WI 54001

Instructors:   Heather Erickson

Fee:               No Registration fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                                                   Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley & the Amery Health and Wellness Advisory Fund,                                         participants may attend at a reduced rate.

 

Date:              Thursday, November 8

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Conference Room A/B, Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Instructors:   Elizabeth Hagen

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

 

Date:              Monday, December 3

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       Amery Hospital & Clinic, 265 Griffin Street E, Amery, WI 54001

Instructors:   Heather Erickson & Elizabeth Hagen

Fee:               No Registration fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.                                                                                                                   Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley & the Amery Health and Wellness Advisory Fund,                                         participants may attend at a reduced rate.

 

Date:              Thursday, December 6

Time:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Location:       St. Croix Falls Public Library, 230 S Washington Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Instructors:   To Be Determined

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

 

 

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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