FREE Community Training: Mental Health First Aid in 2 Sessions
This community course is offered at NO COST to a limited number of participants but registration is REQUIRED. Often, there is a waiting list. For this reason, we require is an email response to our RSVP email sent one week prior to the training date. Please check your spam folders for emails from NAMI Delaware. If you do not reply to the email RSVP, your place in this course will not be guaranteed.
There will be TWO SESSIONS, January 23rd & January 24th. BOTH DAYS will be from 8:45am-12:00pm. You will NOT become certified if you do not attend BOTH sessions.
Further information on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA):
Sometimes first aid isn't a bandage or CPR. Sometimes, first aid is YOU.
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).