Health Counseling Services

7851 Metro Parkway, Suite 250
Bloomington, MN 55425

Date(s) - 04/15/2021
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • If you are ill (including, but not limited to cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, elevated temperature greater than 100 degrees or feeling feverish) please call us to reschedule.
  • 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, 4.5-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.

Mental Health First Aid is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

This course is open to the general public.  Anyone working – or living – in the community will benefit from this activity-based training.  Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to handle mental health crises, which can happen anywhere, at any time.  There are no prerequisites, and no previous experience is necessary.  Join us for this enlightening course that is becoming more and more relevant in our changing world.

This interactive training course utilizes a variety of different activities and modes of learning, including:

  • Role playing
  • Scenarios
  • Discussion
  • Video
  • Simulation

Course Information

Course materials and refreshments are included in the course fee.
Pre-registration is required, register early! Class size is limited
Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
  • For blended learning courses, $30 is non-refundable for cancellations not rescheduled by the same student. This is due to online course codes assigned specifically to the student.

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.

Continuing Education

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.

For courses presented at your facility this curriculum can be specialized for those working with older adults or in higher education settings.


Bookings are closed for this event.