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Mental Health First Aid

Sweetser offers courses in Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Both courses are eight-hour, in-person trainings that teach participants how to help persons developing a mental illness or in a crisis. This is a national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use and Sweetser is proud to offer workshops.

Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis - even if you have no clinical training.

In Mental Health First Aid, you will learn:

  • How to recognize warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Assess a situation and identify possible risk factors
  • Strategies for how to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to turn for help

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency - the belief that individuals experiencing mental health issues can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. When you take a course, you will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations.

Who should be trained in Mental Health First Aid/Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Police, teachers, clergy, volunteers, employers & business leaders, corrections officers, nursing home staff, first responders, and members of the general public! Please note: This course would not be considered a self-care workshop for clinical practitioners.

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 five-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.

For more information, or to register visit sweetsertraining.org or call 294-4414.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. 

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