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Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid gives people the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

Mental Health First Aid training dates for 2019 will scheduled and announced in the near future.

Mental Health First Aid training, both Adult and Youth versions, is available for no cost from the IHS CHR Program. Each training session involves a concise presentation of the topic with opportunities for case discussion and consultation. Providers working in primary care, human services, and schools as well as behavioral health agencies are urged to connect and receive continuing education credit for their participation.

  1. Identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  2. Identify risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  3. Perform strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  4. Identify where to turn for help to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis
  5. Implement/Discuss case examples of use of The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors, Non-suicidal self-injury, Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, Reaction to a traumatic event
  6. Define and identify the differences between recovery and resiliency
  7. Distinguish between facts and myths of mental health, illnesses, and disorders

Continuing Education Credits are only available from the National Board of Certified Counselors for Social Workers, Licensed Counselors, and Substance Abuse Counselors. Continuing Education Credits are NOT available for other professions. Details on how to claim credit will be provided during the presentation.

To earn continuing education credits/units:

  1. It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the sign-in sheet before and after the training and that all information is correct and legible.
  2. You will receive an email with a link to the evaluation. Please make sure you check your junk/spam folders. (The link will also be provided during the presentation).
  3. The evaluation must be competed on the last day of the training. Follow all instructions for the evaluation.
  4. After you complete the evaluation, you will receive an electronic certificate awarding 7.5 NBCC hours within 5-7 business days, that you can then use for proof for your own regulatory board, if appropriate.

CE Provider

UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Division of Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
MSC09 5030, 1 UNM
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-1566

The presenters have no financial relationship to this program.

Continuing Education Disclaimers

This activity has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEU) by NM Counseling & Therapy Board through Dr. Avron Kriechman at the UNM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health.

UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Division of Community Behavioral Health (UNM CB) is approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6740. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UNM CBH is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For further information, please visit the UNM website.