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Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program.
Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, and Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. In 2008, the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States. A number of Mental Health First Aid USA courses and manuals have been developed to suit the needs of specific populations within the United States.
The course is designed to teach people how to approach, assess, and assist a person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health challenge or in a mental health crisis. It covers common signs and symptoms of mental illness and symptoms of substance abuse, how to interact with a person in crisis, and how to connect the person with help.
This program is supported in part by the Morris County Commissioners.
In order to request a Mental Health First Aid training, please fill out the contact form and a trained counselor will get back to you soon with more information. There is a fee for training.
We are currently certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, Law Enforcement and First Responders, and Senior Mental Health First Aid.