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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, MHFA training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplating suicide, until appropriate professional help arrives. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy by helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of symptoms of mental health conditions.

Mental health first aiders learn a 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

Training in the Antelope Valley

In partnership with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Fund for Charitable Contributions, MHALA is providing Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout the Greater Antelope Valley. The partnership allows MHALA to reduce the cost of the training from the usual $100 per person to $25 per person. *

The trainings are 8 hours in length, held from 8 AM to 5 PM at MHALA's Antelope Valley Enrichment Services site at 506 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster, CA 93534.

Classes take place the second Friday of each month. Upon completion of the entire 8-hour course, participants receive a certificate from the National Council on Behavioral Health.

Remaining 2019 date:

Dec. 6

2020 dates: 

January 10        July 10
Feb. 14             Aug. 14
March 13         Sept. 11
April 10            Oct. 9
May 8              Nov. 13
June 12            Dec. 11

For more information, contact Chris Buchanan at 661-430-9107 or cbuchanan@mhala.org.

*Training sessions are limited to 30 people. The registration fee is non-refundable and can be transferred to a different training date. Lunch is not included.

Mental Health First Aid students with their certificates
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