Mental Health First Aid
Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ helps those experiencing mental health problems before they can get professional help and support
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.
WHEN: May 29th and 30th 2013 9:00 am-4:00pm (lunch on your own)
MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATION
WHERE: The Red Cross, Charles Lakin Campus, 705 North 16th St. Council Bluffs, IA
WHY: Mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety, impulse control and misuse of alcohol and other drugs – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in four American adults will have a mental health problem in a year. The National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare has begun working with communities and agencies throughout the nation, including Pottawattamie County Community Services, to implement Mental Health First Aid to arm the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, thus improving outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
COST: $30.00/person (includes cost of training materials and light refreshments)
Seating is limited to the first 25 participants with paid registration.
To Register contact Pottawattamie County Community Services