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.
Wondering if this course is right for you?
Below are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding Mental Health First Aid.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is comparable to a CPR class for mental health emergencies. Students learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.
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.
- Of the 15 million American children who have a diagnosable disorder, only 20% ever receive treatment.
- In 2014, almost 10 percent of police calls involved someone with a mental illness.
- Each year, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. aged 18 and older
- Nearly one-third of all adolescents aged 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.
- 64.1% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment.
- 44,965 Americans die by suicide every year. For every suicide, 25 other people attempt suicide.
1. National Institute of Mental Health, 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3. National Public Radio, 4. Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 5. The National Institutes of Health, 6. Mental Health America, 7. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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 12-18.
- 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; 6.5 hours for Youth (30 participants max) **
- Blended: 2 hours self-paced, online learning and 5.5 hours in-person course (30 participants max)
- Virtual: 2 hours self-paced, online learning and 5.5 hours live virtual training (20 participants max)
To schedule a training or to learn more, contact David Eberle, LFCS Church and Community Relations Manager, by phone at (314) 754-2788 or by email at David.Eberle@lfcs.org.
**Due to current restrictions, in-person training is temporarily unavailable.