Mental Health First Aid Certification
As with almost everything, this course is currently being offered virtually!
DID YOU KNOW THAT
Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States live with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016). (SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health via the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
The median time (in years) between when someone starts developing symptoms and when they go for help is 10 years!
44,965 Americans die by suicide every year and for every suicide, 25 people attempt suicide. (SOURCE: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that teaches individuals, especially persons without a mental health background, about:
the warning signs of a person developing a mental health problem
how to provide support when a person is getting ill or is in crisis until professional help arrives
How to identify the warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia
How to guide individuals to the appropriate mental health resources, professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
VIRTUAL Course Format
There are 2 parts to the training
PART A: 2 — hour, self-paced, online course
PART B: 5 — hour, an online course led via Zoom by an Instructor
ALL participants MUST complete PART A, the 2-hour self-paced online course before they can attend PART B, the 4-hour Zoom class with the instructor. Also, part two - the 5-hour Zoom class with the instructor must happen all at once. It CANNOT be broken into different days. As with the in-person training, it will be interactive and include breaks to allow for a pleasant learning experience.
· Maximum of 10 participants
About the Certificate
This certificate expires 3 years from the date you complete the course. Renewing is simple and can be done through the Mental Health First Aid website.
Other Mental Health First Aid Modules include: ADULT || OLDER ADULT || YOUTH
ALGEE Action Plan
This MHFA course teaches participants a 5-Step Action Plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or is in an emotional crisis.
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
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