Mental Health First Aid

 

Just as CPR helps those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA is an evidence-based course operated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Please note: Mental Health First Aid is designed for the general public and not intended for mental health professionals.

The Ohio State University’s Center for Public Health Practice is proud to offer the evidence-based program Mental Health First Aid©. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

The training has been adapted to be delivered virtually and at this time the Center is only offering virtual trainings.

There are two modules of Virtual MHFA: Adult and Youth.

VIRTUAL ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID:

Adult MHFA teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults ages 18 and older. This 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 the appropriate care.

What it Covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use
  • How to interact with a person in crisis
  • How to connect the person with help
  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

Hosting an Adult MHFA Training:

Adult MHFA is 7.5 hours in content. The virtual training involved a two-hour, self-paced online training via MHFA’s Learning Management System (LMS), Cornerstone, followed by a 5.5-hour, Instructor-led training via Zoom. Zoom trainings are recommended to be scheduled for 6 – 6.5 hours to account for breaks/lunch.

Minimum & Maximum Participants per session: 5 min., 30 max.

Please email Colleen at cph-practice@osu.edu to for more information on pricing and to schedule an Adult MHFA training for your community or organization.

VIRTUAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID:

Youth MHFA teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What it Covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
    • Substance use disorders
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  • How to connect the person with help
  • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

Hosting a Youth MHFA Training:

Youth MHFA is 6.5 hours in content. The virtual training involves a two-hour, self-paced online training via MHFA’s LMS Cornerstone followed by a 4.5-hour, Instructor-led training via Zoom. Zoom trainings are recommended to be scheduled for 6 – 6.5 hours to account for breaks/lunch.

Opportunity for FREE Youth MHFA Training to Ohio Communities & Organizations:

Please visit our Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid website for more information on how to bring this program to your community for FREE. This opportunity is available to Ohio communities and organizations through OSU’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Awareness Training grant.

Please email Colleen at cph-practice@osu.edu to schedule a Youth MHFA training for your community or organization.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:

  • Three-year Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Manual, Participant Process Guide
  • Access to Mental Health Resource Guides for all of Ohio’s 88 counties
  • Continuing Education for some public health and healthcare professionals
  • National Council for Mental Wellbeing & OSU CPHP’s MHFA eNewsletters

CONTACT US:

For more information, questions and to schedule an Adult or Youth MHFA training, please contact us at cph-practice@osu.edu.