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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or in crisis. The help is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. It is designed to give members of the public key skills necessary to appropriately respond to signs of mental illness. Mental Health First Aid is an evidenced-based program. In the next ten years, it is the hope of the The National Council for Behavioral Health that Mental Health First Aid will become as common as CPR and First Aid training.
Click here to view the official website of Mental Health First Aid.
Who is MHFA intended for?
What Does the program Involve?
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course. The program introduces you to risk factors and common warning signs exhibited by someone who may be experiencing mental health problems. Specifically, you will learn:
Mental Health First Aid Facts
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) originated in Australia in 2001 and is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and the U.S. The National Council for Behavioral Health – a national trade group with 2,000 plus member organizations serving eight million Americans nationwide – brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008. During the first year of MHFA in the U.S.,the National Council and its members successfully implemented the program in seven states nationwide – with plans for steady expansion. The National Council selected the program because of its rigorous research backing. Mental Health First Aid has strong evidence backing it. Three quantitative and one qualitative studies have shown that the program:
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There are two types of Mental Health First Aid courses — Adult and Youth.
Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for
anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who
may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services offers Mental Health First Aid training for $30 per person, per course. The costs cover all course materials and lunch.
Scholarships have been made available, for those who need them, through Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH). Please contact Shantel Winfield for information on the Scholarship Program.
Please note that training locations may vary or change. Trainings are scheduled for the following dates in Kalamazoo:
Continuing education credits are available for both social workers
and human resource professionals who complete the Mental Health First
Aid 8-hour training course
Registering for a Training
Click here to download the training registration form. Complete the registration form and email it our Training Department by clicking here.
To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, contact Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at:
(269) 364-6952 or click here to send us an email.
Please contact Julie Helmer for more information at 269.364.6950
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