Health Webinar | Youth Mental Health First Aid for Vermonters

23 Feb 2021 8:30 PM 5 hours

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COVID Support VT

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About this Webinar


This is a FREE WEBINAR on Health

Schedule : Feb 23rd 2021 Time: 8:30 pm IST

Is this a LIVE WEBINAR : yes, this will be a live webinar

Is this an ONLINE WEBINAR : yes, you can attend this webinar online by clicking on the Button "Go To Event"

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COVID Support VT


About the Event :

Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are ONLY for Vermont residents.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally and give reassurance to a youth who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.

By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible.

Course Objectives

The Blended MHFA Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of MHFA and the role of the First Aider.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges.
  • Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA

Each Session Includes

  • 2 hours self-paced course / 4-5 hours Live Zoom call
  • 3 year certification (similar to CPR)
  • Follow-up support on this everlasting journey of mental wellness

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) History

MHFA was created in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, and Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. In 2008, the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought MHFA to the United States. The courses are designed to teach people how to approach, assess, and assist a person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health challenge or in a mental health crisis.