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SKILLS-BASED TRAINING – IDENTIFY. UNDERSTAND. RESPOND.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues, developed the the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental Health First Aiders are teachers, first responders and veterans. They’re our neighbors, parents and friends. They’re people in recovery, and those supporting a loved one. They’re First Ladies and Mayors. Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all.

Three Variations of MHFA

1. For Adults Who Work with Adults (Adult MHFA)

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community, and instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders.

2. For Adults Who Work with Youth (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

3. For Teens (tMHFA)

Teen Mental Health First Aid teaches teens in grades 10-12 how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in their friends and peers. The training gives teens the skills they need to have supportive conversations with their friends and emphasizes the importance of getting help from a responsible and trusted adult. The course is taught in the school for 6-7 weeks by a certified tMHFA instructor from 2B CONTINUED.

Watch our video to learn more about Teen Mental Health First Aid:

tMHFA Curriculum Outline

1. Mental health in general, what mental health challenges are and how common they are in teens.  

2. Impact of mental health challenges on teens, how people with mental health challenges can get better, professionals who can help.  

3. Helping a friend who is in crisis because they are suicidal, introducing the tMHFA Action Plan (Look, Ask, Listen, Help Your Friend) and learning how it can be used in a crisis situation. A video shows a teen helping a friend who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.  

4. Helping a friend who is experiencing another type of crisis, such as threatening violence or harm to others, engaging in non-suicidal self-injury or experiencing a traumatic event such as bullying, abuse or assault. Practice using the tMHFA Action Plan (Look, Ask, Listen, Help Your Friend) in these types of crisis situations.  

5. Helping a friend who may be in crisis due to substance use and helping a friend who’s developing a mental health challenge.  

6. Recovery and resilience. 

tMHFA Course Delivery

The 6-lesson curriculum is delivered in 45-minute class sessions. Additionally, there is one introductory session. tMHFA must be offered to an entire grade level of students (10,11, or 12th graders) in class sizes typical for the school on nonconsecutive days, typically one day/week for seven consecutive weeks. Large group assemblies are not allowed. 

tMHFA Prerequisites
  • Train Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to at least 10% of faculty and staff in the school building. This is a specific training for adults who interact with youth. It is an 8-hour training (2 hours of self-paced, online prework completed prior to the 6 hours of in person skills training). It is best practice for school administrators, counselors and the classroom teacher(s) to be trained. 
  • Host three 45-minute introductory sessions for staff, parents, and students. (Offered separately to each group-student session is held in the classroom). 
  • Send out a parent letter explaining the program and allow opt-out. (Provided to school- see attached example).  
Safety

Each school should have a safety protocol in place for responding to a learner who is experiencing distress. It is recommended that a school staff member discuss course content with any individual who may be at increased risk, such as those who have been touched by suicide. 

Additional measures: 

  • An exit ticket process is implemented. After each session, all participants must complete an Exit Ticket. This is an opportunity for the student to ask questions, say something they learned and ask for an adult to check in with them. The instructor reads each ticket to identify any teen who is requesting follow-up. Before leaving the school, the instructor will pass along any requests to the school counselor with the expectation that the counselor or designee will follow up with the teen at the earliest opportunity. 
  • Two adults must always be in the classroom. (1 tMHFA instructor and 1 adult staff member). 
  • A school counselor or other mental health professional must be in the building and available during curriculum delivery.  

SKILLS-BASED TRAINING – QUESTION. PERSUADE. REFER.

QPR Training

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. It is the most widely taught gatekeeper training in the United States that teaches best practices in suicide prevention. 

QPR is a practical and proven suicide training, and is 90 minutes in length. It is intended for adult community members (parents, health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, educators, clergy, bartenders, beauticians/barbers, business owners, and anyone who is positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide).

“I thought the training was incredibly well done. I plan to review the information often to gain confidence in my abilities to help someone.”

QPR Attendee

SKILLS-BASED TRAINING – RECOGNIZE. ENGAGE. HELP.

SafeTALK & SafeTALK for AG

SafeTALK training focuses teaches in-depth skills you can learn in half a day. You’ll learn how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide, how to engage them, and how to make sure they get help. This evidence-based training is effective for people as young as 15. The in-person format includes powerful audiovisuals and live practice.

SafeTALK for AG teaches the same skills to farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, healthcare and social service providers, and agricultural advisors and businesspeople.

Listening is the greatest gift one human can give to another. Listening takes time, patience and courage, but it is always right.

Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.,
Founder & CEO, QPR Institute

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