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Due to unprecedented times, there has been a dramatic rise in mental health and substance use issues amongst our community, leaving many of us asking how we can better support students, friends and loved ones.
Mental Health First Aid, is an international, evidence-based program that teaches people to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. This groundbreaking, skills-based course gives people the tools to identify, understand and respond to someone who might be struggling with a mental health or substance use challenge — and connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step Action Plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
Although there is a cost associated with becoming certified in mental health first aid, it will be provided FREE of cost to our College community thanks to the Foundation of Seminole State and Ali’s Hope Foundation Grant funding.
The training consists of two hours of self-paced pre-work and seven and a half hours of a scheduled training. Dates will be scheduled throughout the year. This training is available to students, faculty and staff.
Mental Health First Aid is a national certification. fidelity to the program must be maintained to award certification. Please keep in mind the following requirements must be met to complete the certification process:
- Sign up for both Day 1 and Day 2 trainings. The training is a total of about 8 hours split in two days. including breaks Please make sure you are available for the entire duration of both days prior to signing up as seats are limited.
- Approximately one week prior to training, you will receive access to the self-paced pre-work. Pre-work must be completed prior to Day 1 of training. Self-Paced pre-work takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Incomplete pre-work will result in cancellation of your MHFA training sign up.
- Upon completion of the two training dates, you need to complete an evaluation and post training quiz.
Please email Counselor Dalia Fox or Associate Professor/Counselor Jetaime Rolland if you are interested or have any additional questions.