Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training 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, and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack, or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by teaching you how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally and give reassurance to someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Mental Health First Aid is an international training program that was created in Australia in 2000, brought to the U.S. in 2008, and is now in 24 countries around the world. Upon completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.
The course will cover:
The course will teach you how to apply the MHFA ALGEE Action Plan:
The course will help you:
The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a 2-4 hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to the second part which is a 5 hour virtual live instructor led session.
If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, it is recommended you access the self-paced portion using Google Chrome as your browser. If you do not currently have it on your computer you can download it at google.com/chrome.
You can also access the course from a mobile device by downloading the Cornerstone Learn App available in the app store.
The instructor led session will be held over Zoom which you will be able to access directly through the MHFA’s Cornerstone learning management system or through the Cornerstone Learn App. You must have a camera and microphone for this portion as it is interactive and you will be required to turn on your camera.
Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live instructor led course, provide your contact information, and pay the registration fee of $125 with a credit card or through PayPal. You will receive confirmation of your registration from BTS.
IATSE Members and those working under IATSE agreements may be eligible for Training Trust Fund reimbursement upon proof of successful completion of the course and are therefor not eligible for a scholarship.
Thanks to the generosity of the CHAUVET Professional ReSet Fund, a limited number of partial and full scholarships are available to individuals not eligible for reimbursement from the Training Trust Fund, or any other organization such as your employer, venue, or educational institution.
If you reside in Canada, training is available through the AFC at afchelps.ca/mhfa.
As soon as we have five attendees for a class, we will register the class with the MHFA organization and you will receive a confirmation from them with instructions on how to access the self-study portion and the live virtual class.
New classes will be added to the schedule on a monthly basis.
We will notify you a minimum of two weeks prior to the class if we have not reached the minimum requirement of five attendees and we will work with you to transfer your registration to a new date.
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The initial classes will be presented by Bryan Hunneycutt of HuneyBadger Entertainment Consulting. Bryan has over 30 years of experience in the live event production industry with a special focus on safety including a position as the Program Manager for Entertainment Safety for Disney Parks and Resorts Live Entertainment. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative and as the Chair of the USITT Health and Safety Commission.