Mental Health First Aid Certification Course

Mental Health First Aid for Adults:  Next course: February 16, 2023. Registration cost $250. Space is limited! Click here to register

Course Description 
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for adults is an international education program proven to be effective in teaching adults how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. This course provides instruction in identifying 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. MHFA is a course that provides participants with tools for identifying, risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use disorders. The training provides instruction on the strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help if needed. It also instructs participants about recovery and resiliency so that individuals that experience these challenges can learn, get better, and use their strength to stay  well.  

Program Length:   
Mental Health First Aid is an 8.5-hours of content.  This includes two-hours of pre-work that must be completed to attend the course.   

Program Highlights:

  • Describe the purpose of MHFA and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.   
  • Explain that the recovery from a mental health challenge is possible   
  • Describe the principle of safety and privacy for both the MHF Aider and the person receiving first aid  
  • Explain the 5 steps of MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE).   
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health challenges
  • Evaluate the impact of early intervention
  • Apply appropriate steps for MHFA when a person shows early signs, worsening signs, and/or a crisis situation
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA in a crisis or non-crisis situation 

MHFA material has been adapted from MHFA International. Material is copyrighted by The National Council for Behavioral Health.

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