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Thresholds Offers Mental Health First Aid Training

Training offers skills, resources, and knowledge to help with mental health crisis

Thresholds has recently begun to offer certified Mental Health First Aid training through our training department. Three cohorts of Thresholds administrative staff will take the training, as well as external partners and other groups. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Thresholds administrative staff at the first of three agency mental health first aid training courses.

Thresholds administrative staff at the first of three agency mental health first aid training courses.

Thresholds administrative staff member Cynthia Hayes took the 8-hour training recently, and says, “The exercises and content changed my perspective and raised my awareness of mental health issues. In speaking to my co-workers the last few days I have recommended that they consider attending the training when available.”

Mental Health First Aid is just like regular First Aid – the goal is still to stabilize a crisis until professional help can be obtained. Participants in the interactive 8-hour course are given an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders, and associated risk factors and warning signs. Certified Mental Health First Aiders will be able to execute a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid can be a great benefit to a wide variety of audiences and professions, including:

  • primary care professionals
  • employers and business leaders
  • faith communities
  • school personnel, educators, and parent groups
  • state police and corrections officers
  • nursing home staff
  • mental health authorities
  • state policymakers
  • volunteers
  • young people
  • families

If you are interested in scheduling a training for your organization, please contact Antonia Airozo, Director of Training. You can find out more about this dynamic program by visiting the official Mental Health First Aid website