For the last seven years, I’ve been intimately involved with the implementation of Mental Health First Aid in the United States. MHFA is an 8-hour public education course designed to teach the general community how to recognize signs and symptoms of a developing mental health problem or crisis. I teach the curriculum, plus I serve as a National Trainer for MHFA. In the latter capacity, I travel throughout the nation and have certified thousands of instructors through a 5 day, train-the-trainer curriculum.
In the 8 hour community class, participants learn a five-step action plan and practical skills to help family, friends, colleagues and others. The program focuses on de-stigmatizing mental illness and connecting individuals to appropriate resources. Like CPR and First Aid, the course is beneficial for anyone working in the community. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based program. Founded in Australia, the program is now worldwide.
MHFA came to the United States in 2008 with the introduction of the Adult curriculum. The Youth curriculum followed in 2012. The U.S. program now boasts nearly 700,000 Mental Health First Aiders in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. The National Council for Behavioral Health oversees the implementation of MHFA in the United States. There are also special modules for Older Adults, Public Safety Officers and the Corporate World. I teach all of these curriculums and modules.
If you are an organization wanting a MHFA course, I offer a flat fee and can take up to 30 people in the seminar at a time.