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Mental Health First Aid

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID – You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. The Mental Health First Aid class teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone – parents, neighbors, students, first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.  Are you interested in learning to be part of the solution?


Training Dates:  1/19/2016; 3/07/2016; 5/05/2016; 7/15/2016; 9/05/2016; 11/10/2016.  For more information or to find registration information, please visit the calendar page of the McLean County Health Department.


The Mental Health First Aid courses are offered through a collaboration with the McLean County Center for Human Services, McLean County Health Department, Central Illinois Area Health Education Center, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

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.

Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that 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 12-hour 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.




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