Harden has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to host an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course on Thursday 4/19 from 8-5pm. This is part of a national program (https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/) with certified instructors and professional course material. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.
Here’s a link to an article about the program https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-11/-are-you-considering-suicide-and-other-questions-to-ask-your-co-workers
We are finding that many employees and managers are periodically faced with the challenge of a colleague, direct report, or student exhibiting signs of emotional distress. Most of us are not trained to help someone facing emotional distress, or may not know the signs to recognize a potential crisis situation. This eight-hour course in “mental health first aid” is a relatively new kind of training that, like first aid or CPR, is designed to give ordinary people tools to help someone in need. And as with first aid and CPR, companies have begun to see the value in having employees who have the skills to say something, if they see something.
In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Join other employers who want their employees to support colleagues in crisis. This training will teach you how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
• Reaction to a traumatic event
• Panic attacks
• Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
• Nonsuicidal self-injury
• Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
• Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
Note that the training is an 8-hour class. This will allow for the opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — to make it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who successfully complete the eight-hour course. There is no charge for this event. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided courtesy of Harden and Sun Life.