Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The National Council for Behavioral Health introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million individuals have been trained.

Course Objectives

Students who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid courses learn a 5-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.

  • Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  • Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool –it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.

Course Completion

Upon completion, students better understand the impact mental illnesses and addictions have on a person, their family and communities. 

Student must attend all sessions of the course, pass the Mental Health First Aid Quiz, and complete a program evaluation to be considered certified in Mental Health First Aid USA training, and receive a trainer Certification.

Course Agenda

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Mental Health Problems in the United States
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for Depression and Anxiety
    • Suicidal Behavior - Depressive Symptoms
    • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
    • Panic Attacks
    • Traumatic Events
    • Anxiety Symptoms
  • Understanding Psychosis
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
    • Acute Psychosis - Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
  • Understanding Substance Use Disorders
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
    • Overdose – Withdrawal
    • Substance Use Disorders
  • Using your Mental Health First Aid Training

Fees or Fee Schedule

$20 per student includes book.  This course is currently available to School of Nursing and Health Studies BSN students only.

 

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Refund Policy

No refund - if cancellation is made within 13 days before the scheduled course date.

 

Credit Cards Accepted


Contact Information

Dr. Carmen Presti
Assistant Professor of Clinical
c.presti@miami.edu