Mental Health First Aid Training


Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. On May 11, we will host a joint Adult and Youth (for adults who work with youth ages 12-18) training from 8 am – 5 pm.
The 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.
Who should take it?
•          Employers
•          Police officers
•          Hospital staff
•          First responders
•          Faith leaders
•          Community members
•          Caring individuals     
•          Teachers
•          School staff
•          Coaches
•          Youth group leaders
•          Parents
•          People who work with youth
What does it cover?
Adult Training - Common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use; How to interact with a person in a crisis; How to connect the person with help; How to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose.
Youth Training - Common signs and symptoms of substance use and mental illness in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD; How to interact with an adolescent in crisis; How to connect an adolescent with help.
The course will teach you how to apply 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.
Visit for more information. Register by calling Dawn at 828-389-8336 or email Cost: $20/person (includes lunch). Scholarships available for clergy serving in the WNC Annual Conference UMC.

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