Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is intended for adults who
wish to help people with emerging mental health disorders or
experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of MHFA training is to
teach people to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental
health disorder or mental health crisis. Participants also learn a
5-step action plan to engage and ultimately guide people to both
professional and community resources that can help.
need to complete a self-paced online overview prior to attending the
live online sessions. Information will be sent to registrants about a
week prior to the live sessions. Part two of the training is two (2)
three-hour live sessions and attendees are expected to attend both
sessions. These will not be recorded.
Mental Health First Aid instructors lead Part Two
of the training. The 6-hour session takes the knowledge and skills
learned in part one and
applies them to crisis and non-crisis situations. Through a combination
of lectures, activities, scenarios, and videos, participants learn to
approach, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance/information,
appropriate help, and encourage self-help to people showing
signs/symptoms of a
mental health disorder or mental health crisis.
Participants who complete the class receive a 3-year
certification as a Mental Health First Aider.
This program is
presented in part by the Department of Public Instruction, with funds
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the form of a
Professional Learning Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.