Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. The program builds understanding of the impact of these illnesses and disorders, and also overviews common treatments. The 12-hour course is a certification for Mental Health First Aiders to learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

  • Length:  8 hour certification (2 four-hour sessions)
  • Target Audience: Primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

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