Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA/YMHFA)
Spring classes will be scheduled soon. If you’re interested in taking Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid training, please contact Joanne Weir at 607-771-8888 x336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may know CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer First Aid in a mental health crisis?
It’s easy to tell when someone might be suffering from a heart attack, is choking, or is unable to breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? Have you met people experiencing:
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors?
- Panic Attacks?
- Substance Use Disorders?
- Eating Disorders?
How would you know?And how can you help?
"Thank you for listening to my story last Friday. We have worked endlessly to find help for our children and I cannot tell you how challenging it has been. I went to the training for both professional and personal reasons and want to thank you both for a job well done. Metal health is such a key component to overall health and I am glad that it is being recognized and conversations are taking place. Thank you again" - Kay
Both adult and youth Mental Health First Aid courses are 8 hours long and feature:
- Hands-on activities and practice
- ALGEE, the 5-step action plan
- An overview of local mental health resources, support groups, and other help
- A resource manual packed with information on all topics covered in the course
Adult Mental Health First Aid
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. The adult course is available in both English and Spanish.
Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community, and instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. This class is intended for those who work and interact with adolescents, it is not appropriate for children to attend this training.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Classes are scheduled on an on-going basis. Please check our website and Facebook often for updates, or contact us at 607.771.8888 regarding future classes, fee schedules, or to discuss our providing a training for your organization.