Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

 

pg-header_bizcomm-MHFAMental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an in-person 8-hour training course that teaches community members how to help persons developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training is proven to make people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and also builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness in an appropriate and timely manner. United Services was the first behavioral health center to make this important training available to communities in Connecticut.

 

Why is Mental Health First Aid Training Important?

One in four Americans will experience a mental health problem each year – yet most will suffer alone and go without treatment. In the next decade the National Council for Behavioral Health expects Mental Health First Aid to become as common as CPR training.

Here’s why it’s so important:

  • Professional help is not always on hand when a mental health crisis arises
  • Many people do not know how to recognize mental health and substance abuse problems, how to properly handle them when they are recognized, or what treatments are available
  • The lack of adequate training can lead to inaction when assistance could be provided, creating the potential for the situation to worsen
  • People with mental health problems may not realize they need help or that help is available to them

 

Who Can be Trained in Mental Health First Aid?

Almost anyone! Mental Health First Aid is designed to reach a variety of non mental health professionals, including the general public.  While everyone can benefit from the training, there are some key members of the community for whom Mental Health First Aid Training is particularly important:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Emergency responders
  • Healthcare professionals and community providers
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • College faculty, administrators and staff
  • Human resources professionals
  • Faith leaders
  • Nursing home staff
  • Community associations
  • Businesses and Chambers of Commerce
  • Family and friends of those with behavioral health disorders
  • Anyone interested in learning more about behavioral health care

 

What Will You Learn from Mental Health First Aid Training?

  • The signs of addictions and mental illnesses
  • A 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help
  • The impact of mental and substance use disorders
  • Local resources and where to turn for help

 

To Learn More & to Schedule a Training

Contact John Goodman at 860-774-2020 or jgoodman@usmhs.org.

 

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.