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Get Certified for Mental Health First Aid

Enroll in our Mental Health First Aid Certification Program at Diversus Health and learn how you can identify, understand, and respond to the early signs of a mental health challenge or crisis. This evidence-based training is open to the general public and is delivered in two segments. The first segment includes a self-paced, two-hour online session, which lays the groundwork for the interactive, instructor-led segment. The interactive segment teaches the skills needed to reach out and offer initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and how to respond in a crisis. Ample opportunities are offered to practice the skills introduced throughout this videoconference. *Participants will need video and audio to participate in this 6.5-hour, interactive segment.

Mental Health First Aid currently has certification courses available for adults and youth. Adult MHFA for adults helping adults, and youth MHFA for adults helping youth. Register for our Mental Health First Aid Certification by reaching out to our Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, Maddie A., at MHFA@diversushealth.org. Learn the skills you need to help individuals struggling with mental illness and substance use and help them connect to appropriate health care providers to get the care they need.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention, public education program that teaches participants to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of potential mental illness or substance use challenges. The program is meant to help educate community members on how to listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Participants are taught how to refer and encourage a struggling person to seek appropriate support and professional help.

Mental Health First Aid is considered a conduit to care. Over 2.5 million people have been trained as Mental Health First Aiders in the United States. Learning about Mental Health First Aid in this certification program is intended to demystify and reduce the stigma associated with mental health and substance use, as well as develop a shared understanding of common language connected to mental health.

Mental Health First Aid aims to:

  • Preserve life when a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Prevent problems with mental health or substance use from becoming more serious
  • Promote recovery and resiliency
  • Provide comfort to struggling individuals and caregivers
  • Help to identify appropriate resources and guide individuals to seek help

What Does the Mental Health First Aid Certification Course Cover?

  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health challenges and substance misuse
  • How to have a supportive conversation
  • How to connect a person with professional help
  • Self-care tactics for the caregiver

This Mental Health First Aid course will explore how to apply the ALGEE Action Plan:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Listen Non-judgmentally
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Who Should Participate in Mental Health First Aid?

This course is open to anyone and everyone in the community. Community members, employers, HR specialists, hospital staff, first responders, faith leaders, and other caring and caregiving individuals.

Contact us at Diversus Health to enroll in our Mental Health First Aid Certification Program by reaching out to Maddie A. at MHFA@diversushealth.org.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid & Who Should Participate?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adult participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of a developing mental health or substance use challenge in youth, and how to support youth in a crisis. Our youth program is similar to our adult program in that it offers two training segments, including a self-paced segment and a 5.5-hour, interactive, instructor-led segment to provide adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and offer initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be struggling and potentially developing a mental health or substance use problem.

Participants will be better prepared to help youth and connect them to appropriate health care providers and resources. This program can benefit teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and others who work with youth.

What Does Youth Mental Health First Aid Cover?

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in ages 6-18, including:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating Disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  • How to connect youth with people and resources that can help
  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care
  • NEW: The impact of social media and bullying

How to Register for Our Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

To register for Mental Health First Aid certification training, please reach out to Maddie A., Mental Health First Aid Coordinator at Diversus Health, at MHFA@diversushealth.org. Maddie will work with you to get your training scheduled.

Each training session must have a minimum of 8 people per group (20 enrollees maximum per course). Please expect scheduling for your training program to take approximately 6-weeks to organize from date of first contact. Feel free to reach out to Maddie with any questions and get your Mental Health First Aid certification training scheduled today.

*If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health challenge, consider reaching out to request an appointment with one of our professional providers at Diversus Health. If you need immediate assistance, call our crisis hotline at 844-493-8255, or text ‘TALK’ to 38255. 

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