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What is MHFA?

Upcoming Classes
MHFA Training

Organizations We've Trained

What is Mental Health First Aid?

MHFA

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or who is in crisis. The help is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

In the next ten years, it is the hope of The National Council for Behavioral Health that Mental Health First Aid will become as common as CPR and First Aid training. 


Click on the logo above to view the official website of Mental Health First Aid



What Does the Program Involve?

Mental Health First Aid introduces you to risk factors and common warning signs exhibited by someone who may be experiencing mental health problems. Specifically, you will learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems
  • Prevalence of various mental health disorders and the need for reduced stigma
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate care
  • Evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem


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:
  • Improves people’s mental health
  • Increases understanding of mental health issues and treatments
  • Connects more people with care
  • Reduces stigma



Who Can Benefit from MHFA?


  • I would say I use the training daily. I can apply it to coworkers, friendships, family and interactions with people, and that’s really what Mental Health First Aid helps you do is interact with people.
    –MHFA participant

    Friends & family of people with mental illness or substance use disorders
  • General public
  • Primary care workers
  • School and college leadership
  • Students
  • Faith communities
  • Professional associations
  • Parent organizations
  • Social & Rotary clubs
  • Community leaders
  • Businesses
  • Police officers and first-responders
  • Veterans/Military Members and Their Families

 

 

 

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MHFA Training

Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in crisis and where to turn for help.


TRAIN

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour evidence-based program designed to give members of the public key skills necessary to appropriately respond to signs of mental illness.

 


KCMHSAS is proud to offer MHFA training to community members at no charge, thanks to funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).


ABOUT OUR FREE TRAINING


GENERAL INFO

We offer several one-day classes per year that are open to the public.  Each MHFA class runs from approximately 8am to 5pm.  All materials are provided.  Lunch is on your own, unless otherwise specified.


ON-SITE CLASSES  

We can also come to YOUR organization to provide group training!  Just fill out this Training Request Form or contact Julie Helmer at 269-364-6950 or jhelmer@kazoocmh.org.


ACCOMMODATIONS

We want everyone to be able to fully participate in training.  We can arrange for wheelchair access, visual or hearing assistance, etc.  To ensure we can meet your needs, please contact Julie Helmer at least two weeks before the scheduled training.



TYPES OF CLASSES

There are four types of Mental Health First Aid courses.  More information can be found below for each type.


ADULT MHFA For anyone age 18 & older who wants to learn how to help an adult experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use problem. LEARN MORE


YOUTH MHFA Designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Learn how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. LEARN MORE


MHFA for VETERANS, MILITARY MEMBERS and THEIR FAMILIES Designed for military members, veterans, their families/friends and those who work with them, this training focuses on military culture and risk factors faced by service members and their families. Learn how to break down stigma, reach out to those who are reluctant to seek help and access community resources for support. LEARN MORE



MHFA for HIGHER EDUCATION Focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students, campus culture and risk factors faced by those in a higher education setting. A great option for students (must be at least 18), faculty, administrators, resident advisors, coaches and athletic personnel, campus law enforcement, academic advisors, counselors, campus clergy, librarians and more. LEARN MORE


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Organizations We've Trained

ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE TRAINED

•Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo
•Bronson Methodist Hospital
•Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
•Guardian Finance & Advocacy Services
•Gull Lake Community Schools
•Kalamazoo College
•Kal Co Dept of Health & Human Services
•Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home

•Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
•Kalamazoo Public Library
•Kalamazoo Valley Community College
•Paramount Charter Academy
•Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan
•Western Michigan University
•Vicksburg Schools
•Veteran/Military Organizations

                                                               Plus many more!

 

ORGS

 

I believe every single person can benefit from it, in the same way that the general public can benefit from knowing CPR.

-MHFA Trainer

 


Questions?

Contact Julie Helmer at jhelmer@kazoocmh.org or 269-364-6950.  

                                 

For updates about our MHFA program and other KCMHSAS activities, follow the KCMHSAS Facebook page at facebook.com/KazooCMH.


Thanks to our video participants from KCMHSAS, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo College and Paramount Charter Academy, for helping spread the word about Mental Health First Aid!

When you learn about mental health and substance use disorders by taking MHFA, you help reduce stigma towards people living with those challenges.  We encourage you to join #LookBeyond, our campaign to end stigma, by taking the pledge to #BeStigmaFree at LookBeyondStigma.org.

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Class Schedules

CLASS
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Type
Date
Time
Location
Cost
Lunch Provided

Adult
Mon
9/09/2019

8:15am - 4:30pm
Gryphon Place*
3245 South 8th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

*This training is being sponsored by Gryphon Place in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.
Free
Yes

Youth
Tues
9/17/2019
8:15am - 4:30pm
Gryphon Place*
3245 South 8th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

*This training is being sponsored by Gryphon Place in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.
Free
Yes

Adult
Sat
9/21/2019
8am - 5pm
KCMHSAS
418 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Conference Room A
(Located in the basement)
Free
No

Vet/Mil
Sat
9/28/2019

8am - 5pm
Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services
311 East Alcott Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Free
No

Adult
Tues
10/22/2019
8am - 5pm
KCMHSAS
418 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Conference Room A
(Located in the basement)

Free
No

Youth
Fri
11/15/2019
8am - 5pm
KCMHSAS
418 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Conference Room A
(Located in the basement)

Free
No
Adult
Fri
12/06/2019
8am - 5pm
KCMHSAS
418 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Conference Room A
(Located in the basement)

Free
No
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