Mental Health First Aid


Important Training Provides the Tools Needed to Save Lives

Traditional first aid training teaches participants to perform CPR or create a tourniquet to save lives. Mental Health First Aid provides the skills to help during a mental health crisis. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board will offer this training on June 19-20.

Through role-playing and simulations, participants gain skills to offer assistance in a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the common risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The course will enable participants to offer community resources to people in crisis.

The 8-hour course is available for individuals and organizations. The $25 registration fee includes a workbook, refreshments and lunch on the first day of training. Classes are limited to 25 participants.

This training will be held at the Rappahannock United Way from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 19 and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 20.

To register for the training, go to http://bit.ly/MHFAregistration or contact Jennifer Bateman, Prevention Specialist, at 540/374-3337, ext. 100 or jbateman@rappahannockareacsb.org.

Mental Health First Aid originated in 2001 in Australia and has since been replicated in 20 other countries worldwide. Mental Health. To learn more, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

Wondering if this training is right for you? Here's what some recent trainees had to say:

"I thoroughly enjoyed this training, after this class I feel that I can remember how help someone effectively by using the ALGEE Action Plan steps. I also appreciated the real world scenarios that allowed the group to practice using the ALGEE Action Plan."


-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training community participant 

"I now understand better how mental health disorders are diagnosable illness's that impact a person's thinking, emotional state and behaviors. And can disrupt a person's ability to work, carry out daily activities and their ability to engage in satisfying relationships."


-Mental Health First Aid Training Ccommunity participant

"The section of the training demonstrating how to assist a person who is having a panic attack was very helpful, I didn't know that a panic attack peaks and subsides within 15 to 20 minutes!"

-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training community participant

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