April 17, 2019 –
Take part in the Mental Health Association in New York State Inc. (MHANYS) Capital Region Project AWARE. This project provides free training to individuals who work with (or support) community members in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Schenectady County. MHANYS willtrain over 830 individuals over the next three years across these four counties Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady. These members of the public will train to improve their mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. This evidence-based CPR-like program improves trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reduces stigma and increases the amount of help provided to others.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help an individual who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or concern.