Adult MHFA is an 8-hour training course designed to give participants 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, MHFA training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
The evidence behind MHFA 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 MHFA 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.
MHFA certification provides trainees with the skills to:
- Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
- Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
- Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
- Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery
The course uses role plays, scenarios, and activities to aid in understanding the material and its application. At the end of the training, all participants will leave with a comprehensive MHFA manual and three year certification in Adult Mental Health First Aid.
The training will be held in 0211 State Hall on the main campus of Wayne State University on Friday June 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch on your own.
Only 25 spots are available, so RSVP today to attend!
For more information on Mental Health First Aid and WHY IT MATTERS, see http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/