NAMI PA Cumberland & Perry Counties offers MHFA Adult and Youth Versions (both are 8 hour strutured courses) by bringing it to groups that are willing to provide the location, promote and register their own attendees. There is a fee to cover the cost of the student materials that the host agency will be responsibile for. If you are interested in details about this opportunity, please call our board president, Taylor P. Andrews, at 717.243.1645
Mental Health First Aid USA http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org MHFA Australia http://www.mhfa.com.au
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. It came to the United States in late 2008. MHFA origins are from Australia.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
NAMI PA Cumberland and Perry underwrites the offering of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) even when grants are obtained to pay for supplies. Though a wide range of people many of whom are professionals from law enforcement, social workers, mental health administrators, primary care workers have taken the MHFA course, it is important to understand that it is meant as a public education program.