This is one of my favorite trainings to conduct. It runs two days, 12 hours full of information on what to do if you or someone you meet is experiencing a mental health issue.
Tonight’s post will be short. I hope to get a new blog post written tomorrow. If you are anywhere near Central California and are interested in this training contact me. There are a number of certified trainers and the full list of trainers is available from Mental Health First Aid USA. Below is a description of the training I had posted a while back. If you did not see that post here is the info. If you did see it – well some things may be worth repeating.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a great new training. If you are not familiar with this training you should check it out. Designed for the non-professional, it teaches you how to react and how to be helpful if you encounter someone who is having a mental health crisis. Created in Australia the program has now come to the United States. The two-day, twelve-hour interactive class covers the major kinds of mental illnesses and how to help a friend, family member, or someone you might meet who is experiencing mental health problems. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Missouri Department of Mental Health, and The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare there are now certified trainers throughout the United States.
Here in California’s central valley, there are over a hundred certified trainers. Certified trainers in Fresno have put on numerous trainings over the last year. I became so enthusiastic about this program that I took the training and became a certified trainer. So far I and a co-facilitator have completed three trainings (now at 5.) All of our trainings were enjoyable to do and well attended. In the coming year, we plan to offer the training at least three more times. We are currently looking for a larger room or a sponsoring agency. If you want more information on my trainings please email me or watch this blog for posts on upcoming trainings.
If you are not near Fresno, California, you can check the Mental Health First Aid USA website at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/ for a listing of courses in your area. The training comes with a detailed book for reference after the class. So whether we see you in one of our trainings here in Fresno, or you take it from another trainer, this is one class well worth taking.
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Have a happy life. David Miller, LMFT, NCC