Blended Adult Mental Health First Aid
Upcoming Course Dates (Register by clicking on the desired date below)
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- Per the Governor’s mandate, please wear a face mask or cloth face covering to your class at Health Counseling Services
The Blended Adult Mental Health First Aid course (2-hour self-paced, 4-hour in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge rather than focusing on specific illness. Participants are taught an action plan they can apply to crisis and non-crisis scenarios.
Blended Adult Mental Health First Aid is a public education program. It teaches adults how to recognized the signs and symptoms that suggest a possible mental health problem or substance use challenge, how to listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance to a person experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and how to refer the person to appropriate professional help and support services.
By the end of the course, participants will:
•Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.
•Identify the impact of mental health and substance use challenges on the wellbeing of American adults.
•Explain that recovery from a mental health or substance use challenge is possible. •Describe the principles of safety and privacy for both the Mental Health First Aider and the person receiving first aid.
•Explain the 5 steps of the ALGEE Action Plan.
•Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact adults.
•Evaluate the impact of early intervention on mental health and substance use challenges.
•Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan to a non-crisis scenario where a person shows early signs of a mental health or substance use challenge.
•Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan to a non-crisis scenario where a person shows worsening signs of a mental health of substance use challenge.
•Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan to a crisis scenario where a person shows signs of a mental health or substance use crisis.
•Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation.
Course materials and refreshments included in course fee.
Pre-registration is required, register early! Class size is limited
Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the course. The course fee will be charged if cancellation is made in less than 24 hours. Registration is transferable to another person.
About the instructor
Karen Lilla, RN, MSN, is the Director of Education at Health Counseling Services. She is a registered nurse, with over a decade of experience in the community health field. She has taught a variety of courses at HCS to adult learners, including CPR/First Aid and Medication Administration. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor, Karen delivers course material in an engaging and approachable way, allowing students to gain confidence in both their knowledge and skills.
This course provides 5.5 clock hours.
If you are interested in having a course presented at your facility, CLICK HERE to contact Karen Lilla.