Mental Health First Aid Certification Course

“The course was a mix of books/assignments and role-playing. We became aware of the do’s and don’ts of being a responder and the affects of mental illness on individuals and their families. It’s a quite a program; I’ve learned so much about the feelings of individuals and how to offer assistance. It was well worth the time!”

-Tom, Madison, WI

Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid are innovative public education programs that help people identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and young adults, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Mental Health First Aid LogoBoth Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid programs introduce participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, build understanding of their impact, and overview common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care
  • The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem

Those who successfully complete the courses become certified Mental Health First Aiders.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training:  Who Should Attend?

Mental Health First Aid is intended for a variety of audiences: friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, key professionals (such as police officers, human resource directors and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction. The training venues will also vary as Adult Mental Health First Aid program sites reach out to Chambers of Commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, Rotary Clubs, parent organizations, social clubs and other groups who make up the fabric of a community.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for adults whom regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) to encourage youth peer-to-peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth – teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals – may find the course content useful. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

Journey Mental Health Center offers both Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid as community classes and on-site courses for schools, businesses and other organizations.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Community Courses

Community courses are open to the general public and meet at Journey Mental Health Center on two Tuesday evenings of the month from 5-9 P.M. Those interested in attending the course can register online (below) or by downloading the course registration form. Registration must be completed one week prior to the beginning of class.

Cost of the 8-hour Adult Mental Health First Aid community class is $80 including learning materials.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Corporate/Organizational Courses

Corporate/Organizational courses can be conducted for your business, church, school or organization. Classes can be scheduled to fit your needs. Training is presented in either 1 8-hour session or 2 4-hour sessions.

Cost for the class depends on the number attending the class, but will not exceed the community class course of $80 per student.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Community Courses

Community courses are open to the general public and meet at Journey Mental Health Center on two consecutive Tuesday evenings of the month from 5-9 P.M. Those interested in attending the course can register online (below) or by downloading the course registration form. Registration must be completed one week prior to the beginning of class.

Cost of the 8-hour community class is $80 including learning materials.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Corporate/Organizational Courses

Corporate/Organizational courses can be conducted for your business, church, school or organization. Classes can be scheduled to fit your needs. Training is presented in either two 4-hour sessions or one 8-hour session.

Cost for the Youth Mental Health First Aid class depends on the number attending the class, but will not exceed the community class course of $80.

For Questions Or To Schedule A Corporate/Organizational Course

Please contact:
Dan Muxfeld
(608) 280-2566
dan.muxfeld@journeymhc.org

Course Location

Journey Mental Health Center – Nolen Building
710 John Nolen Dr
Madison, WI 53713

Secure Online Registration

Choose the course you wish to register for from the list below. Fill out your contact information and submit your booking. You will then be redirected to PayPal where you can review your purchase and securely process the transaction. You do not need a PayPal account to perform the transaction, as major credit cards are accepted.

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Adult MHFA Community Course 16 – May 2014
Classes at 5-9pm on Tuesdays, May 6 and 13
$80.00
Youth MHFA Community Course 2 – January 2014
Classes at 5-9pm on Tuesdays, January 7 and 14.
$80.00