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Mental Health First Aid

To set up a class or to get on the wait list for the next course: 
Call (520) 344-0056.
What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour live training program — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give ordinary people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis: 

                • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
                • Listen non-judgmentally
                • Give reassurance and information
                • Encourage appropriate professional help
                • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Who should be trained in Mental Health First Aid? 

In 2008, the National Council for Behavioral Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. More than 150,000 people have been trained in Mental Health First Aid through a network of more than 3,700 certified instructors. Those trained include family members of persons with mental health challenges, healthcare processionals, first responders, law enforcement officials, military, veterans, families of military and veterans, public service employees, school and college staff, clergy and caring, college students, faculty, resident advisors, coaches and athletic personnel, and librarians. 

Why Mental Health First Aid? 

Mental Health First Aid helps people know that mental illness is real, common, and treatable and that it’s OK to seek help. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this program to improve knowledge of mental disorders and substance use, remove fear and misunderstanding, and enable those trained to offer concrete assistance. The program is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices. Mental Health First Aid is a low-cost, high-impact program that generates tremendous community awareness and support.

What are the types of Mental Health First Aid Classes offered at SCC?

*These courses can be taught in both Spanish and English. 

  • Military Members, Veterans, & their Families - While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some may experience mental health or substance use challenges. It is essential that our communities be prepared to identify and support the more than 22 million veterans and their families who have served our country. Mental Health First Aid is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about mental health and substance use concerns and, if necessary, to help individuals get connected to care.
Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage Veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the Veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.), and friends who are also impacted by their military service. Mental Health First Aid offers a simple, proven combination of information and techniques for effective interventions. A tailored module builds upon the effectiveness of the standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on the unique experiences and needs of the                military, Veteran and family population.
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults - The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for ordinary people who want to learn how to help an individual who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or concern. The 8-hour course gives a 5-step action plan for intervention. 
  • Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education - College and university students have unique stress and risk factors related to the demands of school; balancing academic, social, and employment responsibilities while being independent and away from family, friends, and other supports — often for the first time. Today, 40% of young adults age 18-24 are enrolled in a two or four year educational institution. Statistics show that 75% of mental illnesses develop before age 25, making colleges ideal locations for early identification. However, the number one reason students say they do not use mental health resources is lack of knowledge that those resources even exist.

Who is the instructor for the course? 

Engel Indo is the instructor for the course. He is fully bilingual, Spanish/English, and is certified in MHFA in all the above courses. For more information about his credentials, please visit the SCC Staff page or click on his name on this page. 

What is the cost of a class? 

The cost of the course is $120 per person which includes the full 8 hours of training and the training materials. Classes are limited to 20 per group. Corporate/Group/Low Income rates are available. Please call for more information: (520) 344-0056. 

When is the next class? 

SCC has an active wait list for the next class. Please call for more information: (520) 344-0056.