Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you 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, and where to turn for help. This training is geared towards parents, youth leaders, anyone that works with young people.
This 2-part online course supports people/community members to recognize signs/symptoms of mental health challenges in youth so they can be connected with appropriate professional support!
What You’ll Learn
- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance Use disorders
- Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Nonsuicidal self-injury
- Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
- Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
- Reaction to a traumatic event
The opportunity to practice — through role-plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.
Part 1: Saturday, May 22nd at 9am – 12pm
Part 2: Saturday, May 29th at 9am – 12pm
This event will be held online. The day prior to the event all registered attendees will receive a link to join the web conference.
Melanie Warning, LPC
Melanie is a licensed professional counselor and a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. To see Melanie’s full profile, click here.
Watch our video of a sample role-play scenario that shows some of the techniques learned in the Mental Health First Aid course.