Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance misuse issues. Just like CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance misuse related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and working 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.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help a person experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. This training is recommended for people working with the public (nurses, social workers, law enforcement, etc.) as well as consumers, families, or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health care.
The youth Mental Health First Aid course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health crises or challenges. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents through young adults, ages 12 to 24. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention. This training is recommended for people working with youth (teachers, afterschool staff, guidance counselors, social workers, law enforcement, etc.) as well as families or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health care.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in three different formats:
In-Person Training: The entire course is taught in-person and is classroom-based (6.5 - 8 hours).
Blended: The first session is taught through a 2-hour, self-paced, online course. The second session is taught in-person and is classroom-based (classroom session is 4 - 6 hours).
Virtual: The first session is taught through a 2-hour, self-paced, online course. The second session is held online and led via Zoom by an instructor (Zoom session is 4 - 6 hours).
For more information, contact Geminus Prevention Services at 219-757-1800.