Mental Health First Aid

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Course Description:

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention training.  It improves one’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.  As part of your workplace health program, it has proven to be a successful and integral part, especially when combined with mental and physical health interventions.

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.

Mental Health First Aid was developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health and is delivered by the National Safety Council - Nebraska chapter.
Three quantitative and one qualitative studies have shown that the program: 
    1) improves people’s mental health
    2) increases understanding of mental health issues and treatments
    3) connects more people with care 
    4) reduces stigma

Course Includes:

Attendees learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and addiction and available treatments.
The course is an 8-hour training program that teaches the ALGEE action plan

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

All attendees receive a workbook/reference guide.  Upon completion participants will receive a certificate and better understand the impact mental illnesses and addictions have on a person, their family and their safety while on and off the job.

Currently, NSCN is providing training for groups of 6-12 individuals from a single organization focused on developing the First Aiders team for that particular organization.  If you do not have a group of 6+ individuals but are interested in completing the training, please contact us and we will try to facilitate including you with another group. 

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