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Mental Health First Aid

The goal of Mental Health First Aid is to increase mental health literacy. Like CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who doesn't have clinical training recognize symptoms and assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Upcoming Sessions

You can register yourself by clicking the links below. **If your department is paying for the training, you will need to send an IRI to Erin Carroll ASAP with your Name, ID Number and desired session. Seats cannot be held until payment is received. Call 509-335-8998 with any questions.

About the Program

The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs 8 hours. Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years, and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:
  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury

  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities

  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help

  • The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem. the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care

For more information, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.