Would you know what to do in a mental health crisis?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance can be engaged.
This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. Participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective.
The adult class will focus on signs and symptoms present in ages 18 and up while the youth class will focus on signs and symptoms present in ages 12-18.
Mental health problems covered include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders. Self-injury as a symptom is also included.
Crisis situations covered include suicidal behaviors, acute stress reaction after a recent trauma, panic attack, acute psychotic behavior and drug overdose.
2017 Class Dates
April 6, Focus on adult mental disorders
June 20, Focus on adult mental disorders
Sept. 21, Focus on youth mental disorders
One-day classes are held 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration is $50, which includes an in-depth manual and lunch. Most classes are held at:
Emporia, KS 66801
Seating is Limited to 20 – Register Early!
For information about dates of classes through CrossWinds, call 620-343-2211
or email Amanda Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about MHFA, go to the website: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org