Mental Health First Aid Gets a Boost with New Trainers
24-newly certified Mental Health First Aid instructors are now available to our community to provide the popular MHFA sessions on how to appropriately recognize someone in a mental health crisis and to respond effectively.
This week-long, 40-hour course equips these new trainers to provide the 8-hour interactive classes that not only explain the scientific facts about mental health issues, but also provide class members with the most effective language to use when they encounter someone in need and a proven method to engage with them. The goal is to comfort and stabilize the person until they can get professional help. As many trainers have said, “it’s like CPR for mental health.”
So far, more than a million people have taken the MHFA class across the nation and have said it gave them new confidence on how to respond to a person in a mental health crisis, and the knowledge of what to do and how.
The NEW trainers will join around 40-other trainers provided by Jefferson Center and the Mental Health First Aid Jeffco Collaborative. The goal is to train as many people in Jefferson County as possible to help strengthen the mental wellness of our community.
There are several courses that offer a specialized focus for different segments of the population. The adult class is the most widely attended, while other courses are tailored for those who work with Veterans, Youth, Older Adults, Higher Education students, and First Responders such as Police, Paramedics, and Firefighters.
The training is provided through a grant from the Community First Foundation, which has backed MHFA training for more than a year as a commitment to mental health in the community.