Mental Health First Aid Comes to NE Indiana

Published: July 12, 2018

St. Martin’s Healthcare is pleased to announce they are collaborating with DeKalb Health and Parkview Noble to bring Mental Health First Aid classes to DeKalb and Noble counties.

The first class will be Friday, September 14 at DeKalb Health and Wednesday, September 19 will be held at Parkview Noble. Check in will begin at 7:30am with class running from 8am- 4:30pm. Each class is limited to 30 participants and there is a $25 registration fee. To print and mail your registration click here or you may register on line here.

ABOUT

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).

COURSE DETAILS

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.

About the Instructor: Alice Jordan-Miles currently serves as the Academic Advisor and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services at PFW; Director of the Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute; and Project Director of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition and Co-Chair of the Indiana State Suicide Advisory Council. Alice is a state suicide prevention specialist where she travels the state in providing trainings and consultation in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.