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Mental Health First Aid Workshops

The Capital Area Library District is partnering with WellSpan/Philhaven to provide a series of Mental Health First Aid Workshops (both Adult and Youth modules) in Dauphin County.
See dates below.
No registration fee
7.5 Continuing Education hours 

What is this training and why should I participate?
One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis happens. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to help a friend, family member or colleague in need of assistance.

In the same way that CPR helps you assist an individual having a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related problem or crisis–even if you have no clinical training. In this course, you will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

This 8-hour training will equip people who may not possess mental health clinical training to identify, understand and respond to someone who is dealing with mental health problems or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Philhaven mental health educators train thousands of people each year and have been designated Top Mental Health First Aid Instructors by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

This training is provided at no cost to you as a community benefit of WellSpan Philhaven and through the support of generous donors. WellSpan Philhaven underwrites this program as part of their commitment to improving the mental health and resilience of our community.

Two training modules offered:

Adult Module:
Mental Health First Aid – Adult Course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide, psychosis and substance use disorders.

Youth Module:
The Youth Course teaches those who regularly interact with young people how to intervene with adolescents ages 12-18 who are experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Workshops, Dates and Locations are as follows (please note that both modules are being offered on differing dates and times): 

  • Friday, October 4, 2019: Adult Mental Health First Aid Training,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, East Shore Area Library, Room A/B
  • Monday, October 14, 2019: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, Hershey Public Library, Room 1/2
  • Friday, October 18, 2019: Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, large conference room
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, William H & Marion C Alexander Family Library, Room A/B
  • Wednesday, October 30: Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, Northern Dauphin Library, meeting room
  • Thursday, October 31: Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop,
    8:30am – 5:00pm, East Shore Area Library, Room A/B

Trainings are limited to no more than 30 attendees, and a light breakfast and lunch are provided.  Trainings are eligible for CE credit.

Please register here:  http://bit.ly/mentalhealthfirstaid2019

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