Mental Health First Aid
Through this nationally accredited training, you will learn how to recognize the common signs and symptoms of prominent mental illnesses; how to understand the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience in our mental health development; how to connect people to helpful resources; to have an action plan for treating non-crisis and crisis mental health emergencies until professional help can arrive; and, appropriate methods for self-care.
What is Mental Health First Aid ?
Why should I take this course?
There are many reasons to take this training, but here are seven impactful statistics that may compel you to register today:
- Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.
- Over 50% of Americans living with a mental illness do not receive treatment for their disorder.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Americans age 10-34.
- On average, it takes someone 11 years from their first symptoms of mental illness to seek treatment.
- Nearly one-third of all adolescents aged 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.
- Missouri ranks 40th out of 50 states in national mental health rankings.
- 34% of adults in Missouri report symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder.
1. National Institute of Mental Health, 2. Mental Health America, 3. CDC, 4. National Institute of Mental Health, 5. The National Institutes of Health, 6. Mental Health America, 7. Kaiser Family Foundation
How much does it cost to participate?
The training costs $30 per person which covers all manuals and materials needed to complete the course. In the event of a virtual course, participants must have a strong internet connection, a webcam, and computer microphone to participate.
How can I take this course?
There are two course plans available:
- Mental Health First Aid for Youth is for those interested in learning how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 10-18.
- Mental Health First Aid for Adults tis for those interested in learning how to help those older than 18 who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis.
Training sessions can be hosted in one of three formats:
- In-person: 8 hours for Adult; 7.5 hours for Youth (30 participants max)
- Blended: 2 hours self-paced, online learning and 6.5 hours in-person course (30 participants max)
- Virtual: 2 hours self-paced, online learning and 6.5 hours live virtual training (20 participants max)