Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. MHFA teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?”
All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material. Participants will receive a 3-year certification upon completion. Regardless of your role with the church, this course will teach you skills that will be valuable for your work and life. 1 in 4 American adults and 1 in 5 American adolescents live with a mental health diagnosis. Each day you are most likely interact with many people who are experiencing some degree of mental unwellness. This certification will help you bridge the gap between mental health problems and professional help.
This course will be taught by Amanda Raines and Jami Dellifield of Ohio State University Extension. Amanda Raines is a lifetime member of Sugar Grove UMC in Ada, Ohio. She is the 4-H Youth Development Educator in Hardin County. Jami Dellifield is the Family & Consumer Sciences Educator in Hardin County and previously worked as a youth pastor in the UMC for 17 years. She is a member of Trinity UMC in Lima.
Please Register by May 24th.