Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Program Overview

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The curriculum provided by MarylandROTA will focus discussions on opioid use disorder (OUD), and provide local resources on OUD prevention and treatment. The goal of implementing this evidence-based program is to provide members of the community with the tools to help reduce OUD and opioid related overdose and deaths. This 8-hour education program covers the most common mental health challenges and substance use disorders for Adult or Youth populations.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

What You Will Learn

  • Signs and symptoms of OUD
  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
  • Information on depression anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone who is in crisis or developing a mental health problem
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources

LEARN ABOUT ALGEE

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

WHO WE REACH

  • System-wide University of Maryland Extension Educators
  • Agriculture professional
  • Community health professional
  • Community leader and/or volunteer

TIME COMMITMENT

2-hour independent online learning followed by a 5.5-hour virtual workshop.

INTERESTED?

Contact us at [email protected], or look for upcoming trainings on our calendar.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Program Overview

MarylandROTA will also provide a Mental Health First Aid course for adults who work with youth. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth. The curriculum will provide tailored discussions on opioid issues, and a list of local resources on opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) prevention and treatment specifically for youth. The goal of implementing this evidence based program is to provide members of the community with the tools to help reduce OUD and opiate-related overdose and deaths. This 8-hour education program covers the most common mental health challenges and substance use disorders in the lens of youth and adolescent populations.

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“As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way – or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might[J1]  be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says “how can I be helpful,” that is a powerful question.”

- Alyssa Fruchtenicht
School-Based Mental Health Counselor 

What You Will Learn

  • Signs and symptoms of substance use
  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, psychosis, disruptive behavior disorders, and eating disorders
  • A 5-step action plan to help young people developing a mental health problem or in crisis
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help 

LEARN ABOUT ALGEE

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

WHO WE REACH

  • Community health professionals working with youth
  • Community leaders and/or volunteers working with youth
  • Teachers
  • 4-H Volunteers

TIME COMMITMENT

2-hour independent online learning followed by a 4- to 5- hour virtual workshop.

INTERESTED?

Contact us at [email protected], or look for upcoming trainings on our calendar.

Train the Trainer Training 

Program Overview

Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid.

In this 5-day training, you will be familiarized with the Mental Health First Aid course and receive in-depth instruction on facilitating the curriculum. The training includes a written exam and evaluates each candidate’s ability to present the Mental Health First Aid course to a variety of audiences. You can become certified to teach the adult or youth curriculum, or both.

Time commitment: Certified instructors are required to teach the course at least three times per year. 


WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS?

  • Bring your community together
  • Reduce negative attitudes about mental illnesses
  • Build mental health literacy
  • Show others how they can help

WHO WE REACH

  • Extension Educators
  • Teachers & School Staff
  • Community Workers

TIME COMMITMENT

6 to 8 hours of pre-work followed by a virtual 3-day live training, and 2 hours of post-work.

INTERESTED?

Contact us at [email protected]

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