Mental Health/Disability Services of the 

East Central Region (ECR)

What is Mental Health First Aid?

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The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program is an interactive 8-hour certification class that 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 and psychotic disorders, 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 individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care, 

·     The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Similar to CPR, you will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider.

      Who should become a Mental Health First Aider?  All of the following will probably be in church congregations – so all apply!  Rather than list all below, I would say – everyone from your church/synagogue/temple/etc. 
     Participants for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorized support staff, young people, families, and the general public. 

More Information on this Evidence Based Class

Peggy Loveless, Ph.D.
Mental Health Education Specialists
Mental Health First Aid Trainer

13 Riverview Drive NE
Iowa City, IA 52240

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