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Mental Health First Aid Class
8-hour certificate course developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health
- Date: 10/05/2019 8:00 am - 5:59 pm
- Location: First Christian Church (DOC) for Interfaith
495 Bakerview Road
Bellingham, Washington 98226
- Introduction: Mental Health First Aid is a class that helps people of all backgrounds understand more about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and provides a five-step action plan to offer support to colleagues, friends, neighbors or family members who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches community members how to identify, understand and
respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives people the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or
experiencing a crisis. Download the registration form here.
Similar to Red Cross first aid, the program provides basic information that can be used by nonprofessionals
to support a person experiencing a mental health issue until professional help can be
reached. The training does not teach how to diagnose or treat, but instead provides some useful
background information that helps reduce fear and stigma.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental
health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing a five-step action
plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or
substance use disorder. A primary goal of the training is to increase awareness that recovery is
possible for people with mental health problems.