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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, May 16, 2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
13 Seats Remaining

Event Details

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. It was created in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. Kitchener and Jorm run Mental Health First Aid Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research. Mental Health First Aid USA adapted the program of Mental Health First Aid Australia. And now, there is a Mental Health First Aid International.

Who We’ve Reached

More than 2.5 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid by a dedicated base of more than 15,000 Instructors.

Mental Health First Aid Matters

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 911. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker, might be showing signs of alcoholism. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Mental Health First Aiders are a vital link between someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and appropriate supports. Become a Mental Health First Aider and use your training to make a difference.

Class Trainer 

Stephanie Loyd, CAM, CAS NAAEI Faculty | J Turner Research

For More Information:

Jenni Hall
Jenni Hall
Director of Education & Workforce Piedmont Triad Apartment Association

Meet Your Instructor, Stephanie Loyd, CAM, CAS, NAAEI Faculty