Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
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. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
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.
Utilizing the National Child Trauma School Network’s Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators, we provide workshops to help educators and other school staff to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
Having the tools to manage traumatic stress empowers the members of the school community.
Trainings provide an understanding of:
• The ways trauma may present in student behavior
• The ways staff can respond to deescalate crises, build relationships with students and empower students and families
• The ways staff can effectively connect students to needed resources
• The ability to recognize secondary trauma as educators and staff and employ coping skills and self-care
We are also able to provide staff trainings and community trainings on various topics related to trauma, self-care and coping. We can work with you to assess what needs there are for training and develop offerings to meet your needs.
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