Mental Health First Aid
When: August 17, 2018, 8am-5pm (12-1pm lunch break)
Where: Elgin Public Library
Take a class. Save a life. Strengthen your community.
Down Home Ranch is proud to partner with the City of Elgin and the Elgin Public Library to host this free public workshop.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class that provides people the basic tools to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who is having a heart attack.
Why is MHFA important?: Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness. 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.
Who should take MHFA?: Anyone! MHFA gives people the tools they need to help friends, family, colleagues and community members. It answers key questions like “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”
What will you learn in MHFA?: Warning signs and risk factors for mental illness; Information on sign and symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorder; A 5-step action plan to help someone showing signs of mental illness or experiencing a crisis; Professional and self-help resources
Disclaimer: Lunch is not provided, but coffee and light snacks will be provided throughout the training, as well as an hour lunch break. For a list of local Elgin restaurants, visit http://www.elgintxchamber.com/where_to_eat.htm
We require a minimum of ten registered participants for an MHFA training to occur.
For more information on Mental Health First Aid, if you’d like to host an MHFA training or to request special accommodations, please feel free to contact April Ashley Oviedo at [email protected]