Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized evidence-based program that was created and is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. It is an eight-hour class that helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. You learn by engaging in the materials and relating what you learn to real-life situations. Role-playing, group discussions, and exercises keep you engaged and allow you to practice helping skills.

Upcoming Trainings

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St. Croix County

Date:           Friday, March 9, 2018
Time:          8am – 5pm
Location:    Give Hope Conference Room, United Way St. Croix Valley, Northwestern Mutual Building, 201 Second Street South, Suite 300, Hudson, WI 54016
Instructor:  Open
Fee:            $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.
                    Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Date:            Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time:            8am - 5pm
Location:     St. Croix County Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1445 N 4th Street, Room 144, New Richmond, WI 54017
Instructors:  Dan Hanen and Shawnah Breault
Fee:              $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.
                     Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Date:            Saturday,  May 19, 2018
Time:            8am - 5pm
Location:      Give Hope Conference Room, United Way St. Croix Valley, Northwestern Mutual Building, 201 Second Street South, Suite 300, Hudson, WI 54016
Instructor:     Dan Hanen
Fee:               $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.
                      Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Polk County

Date:             Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time:            8am - 5pm
Location:      Amery Community Center, 608 Harriman Avenue South, Amery, WI 54001
Instructor:    Elizabeth Hagen
Fee:               $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant. 
                      Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Date:              Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time:             8am - 5pm
Location:       Osceola Medical Center, 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020
Instructor:      Elizabeth Hagen
Fee:                $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant. 
                       Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Date:               Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:               8am - 5pm
Location:         Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Conference Room A/B, Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Instructors:     Diane Garves and Jessica Neumann
Fee:                 $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant.
                        Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Pierce County

Date:                 Monday, April 9, 2018
Time:                8am - 4:30pm
Location:          River Falls School District Office, 852 E. Division St., River Falls, WI 54022
Instructors:      Jennifer Peterson and Brittany Matheson
Fee:                  $10 registration Fee. The course has a value of $170 per participant. 
                         Thanks to the generous donors of the United Way St. Croix Valley, participants may attend at a reduced rate.

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Additional training options coming soon.

Why Take Mental Health First Aid?

 1. To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis
 2. Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year
 3. You care: be there for a friend, family member, or colleague
 4. You can help: people with mental illnesses often suffer alone 

Skills Learned

In the Mental Health First Aid training, you will learn:      

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to turn for help
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis

Who Should Attend?

The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.

  • College/university leaders
  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resource professionals
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policy makers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Parents

Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsors

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