Mental Health First Aid Certification

 

Nebraska HOSA and Southeast Nebraska AHEC are pleased to invite students and teachers to participate in Mental Health First Aid Certification.  Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. 

 

Join us on July 24, 2017 in Lincoln, NE at the Doane University Lincoln Campus from 9:00am-5:30pm.  The cost is $10 for HOSA members, alumni, and Advisors and $15 for other students and teachers that are not HOSA members.  Registration fees include certification, program book, and lunch.  This certification will be limited to the first 30 individuals that register.  You can sign-up at https://squareup.com/store/nebraska-hosa  by June 1, 2017.  Students may attend on their own and do not need to travel with a teacher.

 

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

 

Topics Covered

  •        Depression and mood disorders
  •        Anxiety disorders
  •        Trauma
  •        Psychosis
  •        Substance Use disorders

 

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

 

The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

  •        Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  •        Listen nonjudgmentally
  •        Give reassurance and Information
  •        Encourage appropriate professional help
  •        Encourage self-help and other support strategies             


When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

 

  •        Panic attacks
  •        Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  •        Nonsuicidal self-injury
  •        Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  •        Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  •        Reaction to a traumatic event