2929 3rd Ave N, Ste 300, Billings, MT 59101 - (406) 252-2550

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training appropriate for anyone who wants to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, including risk factors and warning signs. This training teaches participants a 5-step action plan to help a person in a mental health or substance use crisis or challenge connect with professional, peer, social and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid training can help those who regularly engage with individuals who may experience mental health challenges and is most appropriate for audiences with no prior training or experience with mental health or substance use. Using scenarios, activities and role playing, participants are given the opportunity to practice their new skills and gain confidence—making it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

The MHFA Action Plan teaches access for risk of suicide or harm, listen without judgment, give reassurance and information, encourage appropriate professional help and encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid. Certified instructors are required to teach the course at least three times per year. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants and compile a list of local resources for help.

Coordinated by: MORH/AHEC Program Office

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