KINGSFORD - Northpointe Healthcare Systems is joining the national initiative to increase mental health literacy by hosting Mental Health First Aid training program in Dickinson County.
This one-day Mental Health First Aid training course is being offered at no cost, and is scheduled for July 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northpointe Healthcare Systems, 715 Pyle Drive; Kingsford, MI 49802. Registration is limited.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The course teaches participants a 5-step action plan to assess a situation or risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual, selecting and implementing interventions, and identifying and securing appropriate professional help and other supports for the individual.
Participants will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. Participants will also gain an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reducing stigma in the community.
Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. In both of these situations, the goal is to help support the person until appropriate professional help arrives.
Mental Health First Aid was originally created in Australia in 2001. Due to the strong evidence supporting the program, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare brought Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008 with the goal of making it as common in 10 years as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.
Various studies completed on Mental Health First Aid's impact on mental health literacy have found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have a better recognition of mental health problems, a greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, and assisting in reducing stigma.
This training is available to all organizations and members of the public. Specific audiences include non-mental health professionals; such as law enforcement and other first responders, nursing home staff, school and college administration, primary and occupational health care providers, homeless shelters, faith communities, mental health advocacy organizations, community service groups, families, and the general public.
For more information contact Philip Gardiepy-Hefner at (906) 779-0501. To register for the training contact Cindy Adrian at (906) 779-0649.