Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
This is an in-person training that teaches those who attend how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.
The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid was created in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. Kitchener and Jorm run Mental Health First Aid™ Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research.
Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In 2008, these organization’s worked with the program’s founders to adapt Mental Health First Aid for the U.S. and ensure the quality and standardization of the program nationwide, certify instructors to teach Mental Health First Aid in local communities and support program growth.
There is no cost for this program. If you are interested in having one of our trained instructors provide the Mental Health First Aid course to your group or organization, please contact us by e-mail or by telephone at 815-963-0683.