Mental Health First Aid Courses Available
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-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, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course (8 hour course locally offered) to certify as Mental Health First Aiders 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.
The 8-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: 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. See how you can get involved — find a Mental Health First Aid course near you or learn how you can become a certified instructor to teach the course in your community.
Mental Health First Aid classes in Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties can be found at the following links:
Samaritan Health Services
Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Courses in 2017:
Youth Thursday February 1, 2017 – Youth
Adult Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Adult
Adult Monday, April 3, 2017 – Veteran
Adult Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Adult
Youth Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Youth
Adult Monday, July 10, 2017 – Adult
Youth Thursday, August 3, 2017 – Youth
Adult Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Adult
Youth Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Youth
Adult Wednesday, November 8, 2017– Adult
Youth Tuesday, December 6, 2017 – Youth
Linn County Mental Health