Mental Health First Aid

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them.

You are more likely to encounter someone – friend family member, coworker, neighbor or community member – in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.
Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate help. Anyone can take the 8-hour course – first responders, students, teachers, faith leaders, human resources professionals and caring citizens.

The course teaches participants how to, among other things:

  • Identify when a person is experiencing a mental health problem
  • Select and implement appropriate interventions
  • Secure appropriate care for a person experiencing a mental health problem

In addition, participants learn about warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse disorders. Each participant receives a manual to reinforce content of the 8-hour, interactive training and a certificate of attendance. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available for licensed professionals.

Sometimes the best first aid is you. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Current Trainings Available

Thursday, June 16th 8:00am to 5:00pm
Jewish Community Center
5801 W. 115th Street, Leawood, KS
Cost: $50
Contact: jenny.rodriguez@jocogov.org

Wednesday, July 13th 8:00am to 5:00pm
Johnson County Mental Health Center
6000 Lamar, Mission, KS
Cost: $50
Contact: jenny.rodriguez@jocogov.org

For additional information about Mental Health First Aid contact:

Beth Yoder Stein
913-328-4633
yoderstein_b@wmhci.org

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/.

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