Mental Health First Aid USA
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis: →Assess for risk of suicide or harm →Listen nonjudgmentally →Give reassurance and information →Encourage appropriate professional help →Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help.
First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material.
Where: Shenandoah Elementary School - Zep Road Sarahsville, Ohio
When: August 13, 2018
Times:7:30 to 3:30
Instructor: Dr. Bill Bauer, PhD, LPC, CRC
McCoy Professor of Education-Marietta College
How to register: email Dr. Bauer firstname.lastname@example.org
Need name, email and phone number
Books will be provided
ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT REQUIRED 1 (one) hour of undergraduate or graduate college credit will be provided from Marietta College for a fee of $475 email Dr. Bauer if interested.