Mental health has been a stigma that paralyzes our communities. This course is designed to help us navigate torrents and erratic times with an individual. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Adult Mental Health First Aid consists of 2-hours of self-paced, virtual content followed by 5.5 hours of instructor-led training.
Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, and Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. In 2008, the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.
- Identify the impact of mental health challenges on the well-being of adults in the U.S.
- Explain that recovery from a mental health 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 Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE).
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact adults.
- Evaluate the impact of early intervention on mental health challenges.
- Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows early signs of a mental health challenge.
- Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows worsening signs of a mental health challenge.
- Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
- Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation
Class size is limited to 15 participants, so register soon! Pre-coursework will be emailed in advance and will be due no later than one week prior to the course.
The in-person program will be offered by Adventist HealthCare and facilitated by Chaplain Lynval Williams. Lynval currently serves as a staff chaplain at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Behavioral Health Services and is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in metropolitan ministries and a Master’s in Religion degree with an emphasis in chaplaincy both from Washington Adventist University. In May 2022, Lynval also acquired a Master’s in Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.