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Mental Health First Aid USA

September 27, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


When:             TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th , 2016 from 8:00am – 4:30pm

Where:             Talbot County Senior Center, Brookletts Place, Easton, MD   

Presenters:             Eastern Shore School Mental Heath Coalition in partnership with Mid-Shore Pro Bono.

Lunch will be provided. There is a $25 cost to cover materials. Please contact the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, 410-822-0444 or dmurphy@mhamdes.org for a registration form.


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Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to be able to offer this training to attorneys, law firm staff and other non-profit agencies who may face challenging situations at work.


Mental Health First Aid USA

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.


Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

® Assess for risk of suicide or harm

® Listen nonjudgmentally

® Give reassurance and information

® Encourage appropriate professional help

® Encourage self-help and other support strategies


Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.


To register for this training session, please contact the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, 410-822-0444 or dmurphy@mhamdes.org for a registration form. Space is limited. The cost is $25 to cover materials.


September 27, 2016
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Talbot County Senior Center – Brooklett’s Place
400 Brooklets Ave
Easton, MD 21601 United States
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