Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based course that teaches everyday citizens how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in real, actionable ways. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program:
Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
Show increased mental wellness themselves.
Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.
MHFA teaches participants the 5-step ALGEE action plan: Assess for risk of suicide or harm; Listen nonjudgmentally; Give reassurance and information; Encourage appropriate professional help; and Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
Right now our classes are 100% virtual due to the ongoing pandemic. This includes ~2 hours of self-paced prework followed by a live (Zoom) portion taught by two co-instructors on the day of the class (5 hours of content plus breaks).