Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an empirically backed public education and prevention tool. It improves the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.
Mental Health First Aid is very similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, in that MHFA was developed to provide help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. During the MHFA training, participants will learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others to cope with mental health problems.
There are several different options. The MHFA is for adults wanting to help adults. The Youth MHFA is for adults wanting to help youth. We have specialized modules for adults who work with Veterans, in the Rural communities, or work with Older Adults. We also have specialized modules for Law Enforcement and Fire/EMT.
The classes are 8 hours in person that can be in 1 day or divided in 2 days. There’s a new option called Blended, which is 2 hours self-study and 5 hours in person for Youth and 6 hours for Adult. We do have a Virtual option and a Teen MHFA for teaching teens, but please contact us for more information about those. Continuing Educations Units (CEUs) are available for certain professions.
For additional information or to request a class for a class please contact Denise French at (940) 397-3368 or FrenchG@helenfarabee.org!