Mental Health First Aid Training

Do you know what stress, addiction, and/or mental health disorders looks like in friends, family or colleagues? Do you know what to do when you encounter these types of behaviors?

Why attend? In Delaware our agriculture community is facing many stressors. Those who are in the position to consult and aid them need to know the signs, symptoms and strategies to best serve them. Farm family members also need to know how best to help their loved ones. By attending this training, you will be prepared to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, you’ll learn concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”

What is this training about? The Mental Health First Aid training is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common ways to help and find support.

This 8-hour course uses interactive educational methods to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and will help you connect to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The program teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use and others. The Mental Health First Aid training is an Evidence-based Program which means that studies show it has been effective in meeting its desired outcomes.

Who is teaching the training? A Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor from the Delaware Mental Health Association will conduct the training and provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

A follow up email providing details will follow after registration is completed.

Training is being underwritten through support from the Sustainable Coastal Communities Project, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Beebe Hospital. A light lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more info, please contact Maria Pippidis , Extension Educator, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, pippidis@udel.edu or 302-831-1239.

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