Mental Health First Aid

What is it? 

Adult Version

An 8-hour, interactive course that teaches participants how to help assist and support adults developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Youth Version

An 8-hour, interactive course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders in youth.
*Virtual MHFA is also available

Who should take it?

Adult Version

Any adult who desires the knowledge and skills to support another adult struggling with mental health challenges. This course is also beneficial to groups including employers and business leaders, law enforcement, hospital staff, first responders, and faith leaders. MHA also offers public safety, older adult and veteran adapted courses.

Youth Version

Adults who regularly interact with adolescents, such as teachers, school staff, athletic coaches, camp counselors, mentors, youth group leaders, juvenile justice professionals, etc. In some cases, this course may be useful for older adolescents (18 and older) so as to encourage youth peer-to-peer interaction. (can 16 years olds take MHFA?) Checking with instructors on this, I don’t think so.

NOTE: This course is not specifically designed for parents of youth with mental health challenges. Although parents and families may find the course content useful, more in-depth information on navigating the mental healthcare system is available via the MHA ParentVOICE program.

What Will I Learn?

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse
  • How to interact with a person in crisis and connect them with help
  • How to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose

Mental Health First Aid for Youth

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis and connect them with help
  • Understanding trauma, addiction, and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

Both courses teach the ALGEE 5-step action plan

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  2. Listen nonjudgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies

To Schedule

A training for your group up to 20
Ericka Ellis-Stewart
704.365.3454 ext. 230
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