Mental Health First Aid USA
Mental Health First Aid offers exactly what you need.
Rita Limbaugh, Training Director for the Mental Health Center, is certified as an instructor in both Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth MHFA. She is currently seeking participants for a MHFA class scheduled for June 17 and 19 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and a Youth MHFA class scheduled for July 9 and 10 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Both classes are *free to participants and will be held in the Community Room of the Mental Health Center at 4040 Memorial Parkway, SW, Suite E. Anyone who would like to enroll should contact Rita at email@example.com or at (256) 705-6379. If either of these dates is not convenient for you, please contact Rita for other options.
Rita, or co-instructor Walter Ballard, is available to offer MHFA training to groups of 8 - 24 who desire to gain skills to help any adult developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course presents an overview of mental illnesses 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 on individuals, families and communities, and overviews common treatments and resources. Participants learn a 5-Step Action Plan that includes skills, resources, and knowledge needed to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, family, social, and self-help care.
Rita is also certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training is appropriate for anyone who has regular interaction with youth ages 12-18, such as parents, school personnel, sports coaches, youth volunteers, etc. It may also be helpful to older teens who wish to be informed and prepared to help peers they encounter who are struggling with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. This curriculum gives information valuable in distinquishing normal teen behavior from behavior that suggests more serious issues. The same 5-Step Action Plan is used in this program as well.
Mental health problems are much more common than most people realize. Surveys suggest that in America today one in four adults will experience a mental disorder in any given year. Many mental health problems become evident during ones teen or early adult years. Recovery is possible with early intervention; however, only 41% of those with a mental illness will seek help in any given year, and 50% will delay getting help for an average of 10 years. People delay getting help largely due to stigma associated with mental health problems. MHFA has been proven to improve understanding and to decrease stigma related to mental illness and substance use. The goal is for MHFA training to become as readily recognized in a few years as CPR and First Aid trainings are today.To learn more about MHFA and trainings offered by the Mental Health Center, contact Rita Limbaugh 256-705-6379. You may also click on the Mental Health First Aid website for additional information.
* Partnership with non-profit Little Orange Fish makes it possible to offer these courses to the public at no cost. Visit www.littleorangefish.org to learn more about this organization.