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To help the National Association of Counties (NACo) realize its vision of creating healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and NACo have partnered to offer crucial Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings to county employees and the communities they serve.

 

The National Council-NACo partnership will support elected officials and county staff, who ask for help with their own mental health and wellbeing. It will also create a framework for counties to destigmatize mental health and substance use challenges as they provide community residents with more equitable access to needed services.

 

What is MHFA?

MHFA is a skills-based training administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges in their peers, friends and colleagues.

Four MHFA training programs are available for purchase for your county department:

      • MHFA LogoMental Health First Aid at Work (MHFA at Work)

        This program teaches participants how to notice and support an individual who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use concern or crisis in their work environment and connect them with appropriate employee and community resources.

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        teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

        This training teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their friends and peers.

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        Mental Health First Aid for Adults (MHFA for Adults)

        This training teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help and how to guide a person toward appropriate care, if necessary.

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        Mental Health First Aid for Youth (MHFA for Youth)

        This training teaches people how to help an adolescent, ages 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. It is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

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        Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS

        This training focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel. Personnel will learn about the importance of early intervention and how they can intervene in the field and provide direct assistance to someone who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

 

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