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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about about specific mental illnesses and applying a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Mental Health in Our Community

 

Research studies and strategic plans have identified mental health as one of the highest needs within our community, and statistics show that 1 in 3 people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro experience symptoms of chronic depression.

When it comes to mental health care access, Nebraska ranks in the bottom half of all 50 states, and there continue to be gaps in available services. On average, 130 people die by suicide every day. And sadly, due to the stigma around asking for help, many people suffer silently without getting the help they need.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

To increase our community’s understanding of mental health challenges and reduce barriers to seeking help, UWM has developed a partnership with Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare to expand access to MHFA training.

MAKING MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AS COMMON AS CPR

Similar to CPR training, MHFA is an internationally recognized, evidence-based training program that has certified more than two million Americans as Mental Health First Aiders. The MHFA Action plan equips individuals with the skills to:

 

  • Understand the impacts of mental health challenges
  • Notice the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses
  • Develop an action plan to connect with someone they may be concerned about, by using the following tools:
        • How to assess for risk of suicide or harm
        • Non-judgmental listening skills
        • Hopeful reassurance and information
        • How to encourage self-help and other support strategies
Enhancing the capacity to provide MHFA training will significantly increase community awareness and education around mental illness, and empower community members to connect with individuals and increase support for those in need of mental health services.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

SIGN-UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

MHFA classes are available to focus on adults or youths (ages 6-18), and the average class size is 30 people. Classes are available in an 8-hour, in-person setting or via a blended format with a 2-hour online course plus a 4.5-5.5-hour, instructor-led portion that can be in person or via video conference. You can join a scheduled class or set up a specialized class for groups of 15 or more.

 

Please fill out the form below to be notified of the next available training:

 

If we all work together, we can reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges, and bring our community together in support of this important initiative.

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