Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This training helps attendees identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Currently, there are two specific trainings offered – one that focuses on mental health issues in adults, and a second training that addresses mental health issues experienced by youth. Both of these trainings are provided routinely in the New River Valley.

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.

Topics covered include:
• Depression and mood disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Trauma
• Psychosis
• Substance use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

The schedule of upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings is provided below:

Friday, September 11, 2020 (Blended Learning training)
Mental Health First Aid training (youth-focused)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In response to the pandemic, the format of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training has been modified to allow for virtual learning. The NRVCS Community Wellness & Outreach team will offer the first of these training opportunities on Friday, September 11, which will be youth-focused.

IMPORTANT: The ‘blended learning’ training requires that participants complete a two-hour self-paced course prior to the virtual 4.5-hour training on September 11. Hours for the virtual part of the training are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and allows for a 30-minute break for lunch. Kathy Kenley and Caroline Mullins will serve as instructors for the virtual training.

Please click here to register for the September 11 training. Once you have registered, a link to the online content will be mailed to participants approximately one week before the training on September 11.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, click here.