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Mental Health First Aid held at Mohave Community College in Bullhead City

Mental Health Educational Outreach Program   

Talas Harbor Healthcare will provide mental health education to local communities. Talas Harbor at Bullhead City Behavioral Hospital’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Chaz Martinez will conduct Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training as part of the hospitals’ Mental Health Educational Outreach Program. The program includes MHFA, Forensics, and Cultural Competency.  

• Members of the public who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid training learn a five-step action plan. The plan designed to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others cope with mental health problems.   

• Like traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem. The course’s goal of giving the 1st Aider tools to help someone experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is available or the crisis resolves.   

• Mental Health First Aid is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.

• Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2001 under the auspices of the University of Melbourne and is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and the U.S.  

 • The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008 intending to make it as standard in 10 years as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.   

• Mental Health First Aid has strong evidence backing it. Three quantitative and one qualitative study have shown that the program: 1) Improves people’s mental health (2) Increases understanding of mental health issues and treatments. (3) Connects more people with care (4) Reduces negative stigma  

• Trainees go through an 8-hour training program that teaches them a five-step action plan that includes how to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and secure proper care for an individual experiencing a mental health problem.  

 • There are two primary curricula: Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Two new supplements have been created, one for Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety and the second for Military, Veterans, and Families.  

 • Trainees also learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and about available mental health treatments in their community. 

 • Trainees often receive a Mental Health First Aid manual to supplement what they learn in class. 

 • Trainees are from all walks of life and include school personnel, law enforcement, faith-based communities, hospital and nursing home staff, families, and young people.  

 For more information regarding training in Mohave County, call 928.542.5265.

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