You might know what to do if you saw someone choking. You might even know how to administer CPR if someone had a heart attack. But would you know how to help someone in a mental health crisis?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an international certification program that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. There is also a curriculum designed specifically toward mental health for teens.
You will learn about risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, establish an understanding of their impact, and learn common treatments and local resources.
More than 1.5 million people in the United States have gone through the training, including teachers, police officers, pastors, parents and business owners and managers.
Mental Health First Aid training is provided by several organizations in Galveston and Brazoria counties – often at Gulf Coast Center facilities. Upcoming training sessions and signup information are listed below.
Gulf Coast Center also conducts private trainings for businesses, schools and groups of parents or community organizations. For information on Gulf Coast Center’s Mental Health First Aid Training or to schedule a training at your organization, please contact Alison Boudreaux at (281)585-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.