Take a class. Save a life. Strengthen your community.
For some members of the military, the battle doesn’t end when they leave the battlefield. Mental Health First Aid for Military Members, Veterans and their Families teaches people how to notice and respond to signs of mental health and addiction challenges with a specific focus on the cultural factors related to military life.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class that provides people the basic tools to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who is having a heart attack.
Why is MHFA important for Military and Veterans?
Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage Veterans with mental illnesses and addictions.
20 veterans die by SUICIDE EACH DAY.
Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION, according to a 2014 study.
About 30% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have a mental health condition with many experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS) and major depression.
Who should take the MHFA Veterans Module?
Military Service Members, Veterans, Families of Military Service Members or Veterans, Service Providers, as well as community members who would like to gain knowledge through a military-compassionate lens on how to engage with the military community.
The training discusses military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health. It answers key questions like, "What do I do?” and "Where can someone find help?
What will you learn in MHFA?
- Information on warning signs, symptoms, and risk factors of common mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse.
- A 5-step action plan to help Veterans and servicemembers who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Discussion on how to connect to professional support and self-help resources.
- Unfortunately, lunch is not provided but we do provide coffee and light snacks throughout the training, as well as an hour lunch break.
- We require a minimum of ten registered participants for an MHFA training to occur.
CEUs are free and available for the following licenses: LMSW/LCSW, LPC, LMFT, LCDC. CPE’s for teaching professionals, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians credit available as well as TCOLE credit available.
For more information on Mental Health First Aid, if you’d like to host an MHFA training or to request special accommodations, please feel free to contact April Ashley Oviedo at firstname.lastname@example.org.