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Mental Health First Aid Certification Courses

Mental Health First Aid Certification course for adults who want to help other adults facing a mental health challenge

Dates: 2 Saturdays: June 2 & 9, 2018, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm (must be able to attend BOTH days)

Location:  Hunterdon Medical Center Meeting rooms A & B 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822

Cost:  $17/person* includes a manual and 3 yr certification. Open to the general public. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Instructors: Alicia Stevenson (aliciastevenson@comcast.net), Sue Diebold (certified MHFA instructors)

Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.

MH First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?

Sometimes, the best first aid is you. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Participants who successfully complete the course receive a certification valid for 3 years.

Class size is limited and fills up quickly. Please register early!! (note: Only a light snack will be provided during training.) *This course is a $170 value but is being offered for just the cost of the $17 manual, due to the generous sponsorship of NAMI Hunterdon.

To register or for more information, email aliciastevenson@comcast.net.

Mental Health First Aid USA is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). MHFA USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by: the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

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