Mental Health First Aid Classes

Fairview Health Services is offering a course, funding by the Fairview Foundation, on providing first aid to adults and youth in a mental health crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are appropriate for adults who regularly interact with youth on the job or in their volunteer work.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are appropriate for adults who regularly interact with youth on the job or in their volunteer work.

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect that person with help. First aid providers do not take on the role of professionals and they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions such as “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

Mental Health First Aid teaches how to:

  • Assess adults or youths ages 12-18 for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The course is designed for employers, business leaders, faith community leaders, law enforcement, apartment managers, military families, community leaders and staff of hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Enrollment is limited to 25.

Upcoming Courses

Mental Health First Aid: Wednesday, October 15th – Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Minneapolis) 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Click to register. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Friday, October 17th – Faith Covenant Church (Burnsville) 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Click to register. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Wednesday, October 22nd – St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (Plymouth) 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Click to register. 

This is a one-day, eight-hour per day course. Discussion topics, exercises and simulations will demonstrate how to offer initial help to adults in a mental health crisis and give participants an opportunity to practice helping skills.

Certified instructors who lead the course will follow a national curriculum and teaching standards. Participants will receive a program manual to complement course materials.

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