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.

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 substance use.  Courses are offered at a reduced rate of $10 per attendee (Reg. $28.95). Virtual courses require registration and two hours of pre-work to be completed prior to attending the virtual sessions.    

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. Blended courses require registration and two hours of pre-work to be completed prior to attending the in person Instructor Led session.