One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. Yet, far too many – up to two-thirds – go without treatment. 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.
Community Elements, Inc., is offering a two-day Mental Health First Aid Training on Thursday and Friday, December 13th and 14th, 2012. The training flyer and registration form contain more information for those interested in attending. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to help someone in a mental health crisis.
In 2001, Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Tony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education and is auspiced at the University of Melbourne. Five published studies in Australia show that the program saves lives, improves the mental health of the individual administering care and the one receiving it, expands knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, increases the services provided and reduces overall stigma by improving mental health “literacy”. For further evidence supporting the implementation of Mental Health First Aid, please see the Australian Mental Health First Aid website: http://www.mhfa.com.au/ .
In order to increase public understanding of these disorders and improve treatment for those affected by them, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare piloted Mental Health First Aid in 2008. The program has been replicated in England, Scotland, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Singapore in addition to the United States.
About the Course
The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs 12 hours. Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years, and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.
Specifically, participants learn:
- The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
- An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
- A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care
- The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Who should become a Mental Health First Aider?
Specific audiences for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorizes support staff, young people, families and the general public.
Mental Health First Aid in your Community
The National Council envisions that Mental Health First Aid will become as common as CPR and First Aid training during the next decade. The National Council certifies community providers to implement Mental Health First Aid in communities throughout the United Sates. Each Mental Health First Aid site develops individualized plans to reach their communities, but all deliver the core 12-hour program and each participating site undergoes tight credentialing to guarantee fidelity to the original, tested model, while also maintaining the flexibility necessary to reach its unique citizens’ needs and demographics.
For more information about the program, please visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. For information about the training at Community Elements, please call 217-398-8080, ext. 1285.
This program has been pre-approved for 12 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.