Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn:
- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
- A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
- Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
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.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community, and instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
If you are interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid course, please fill out the contact form below and we will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you may call the NAMI Maine office at 207.622.5767, Ext.1 to speak with Sophie Gabrion.
Fees: NAMI Maine is offering this evidence-based course at a rate of $50/per person, which includes the 8-hour training with a nationally certified instructor, the full color MHFA training manual (retailing at $20) and a regional mental health resource guide. Individuals trained by NAMI Maine in MHFA will also continue to have the ongoing support of the agency for more individualized support and specific resources/materials.
The national average cost for MHFA is approximately $120 to $150/per person. NAMI Maine understands the economic challenges facing individuals and companies and have worked intentionally to minimize costs of this vital training in order to eliminate barriers and increase access.