Mental Health First Aid
For anyone 18 and older
Mental Health first aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves participants’ behavioral health.
Final class of 2017!
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Friday, November 17, 2017
Citizens Service Center, Nautilus Room
1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
FREE and open to the public
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
Register online at mhfaco.org/findclass.
Check www.mhfaco.org for a complete class listing.
For more information, call NAMI, 719-473-8477 or email email@example.com.
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
The Mental Health First Aid course presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
The Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public. See how you can get involved — find a Mental Health First Aid course near you or learn how you can become a certified instructor to teach the course in your community.
Local Law Enforcement Come Together for MHFA Training
On March 9, 2016, dozens of law enforcement personnel from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, and Fountain Police Department took the Mental Health First Aid training course.
This class was offered at no cost due to funding from Mental Health First Aid Colorado through a grant from the Colorado State Office of Behavioral Health. (This funding paid for the first 25 participants.) The class, including any additional participants – beyond 25 – and lunch for all participants, was underwritten by Peak View Behavioral Health and Bank of Colorado.
See the video here.