South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be holding a Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) course live over Zoom on Mar. 3 from 1 –7 p.m. (CDT).
The primary audience for this workshop includes adults who work with or support adult family members, clients and/or co-workers, and aims to help those people develop the skills needed to provide MHFA to South Dakotans experiencing stress and other emotional issues. MHFA training is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool to improve the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance problems and connect people with care for their mental health or substance use problems. MHFA prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
The training requires the completion of two hours of self-paced online course preparation and six hours of virtual training lead by two certified MHFA instructors.
The value of this course is $150. We have received external funding so are able to offer this course at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all components of the training (pre-work, course) will receive a hard copy of the MHFA Manual.
Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from MHFAinfo@thenationalcouncil.org with instructions on how to complete the pre-work. This email will come 10 –14 days before the scheduled course date, depending on when registration is completed. The two-hour online pre-work needs to be completed before the virtual training. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early. If a minimum number of participants are not registered, the course will be canceled. Those who have completed the pre-work will have an option to attend another course.
If you have questions or problems with your Zoom link, please contact Lorna Saboe-Wounded-Head.(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peggy Schlechter(email@example.com).