CHA News Article

New Mental Health First Aid Training Focuses on Rural Communities

In an attempt to build community capacity to identify mental health and substance abuse issues early, the National Council for Behavioral Health has created a new training program focused on the delivery of mental health first aid in rural communities. The training program offers an overview of mental illnesses and substance use disorders and an introduction to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. To identify an instructor to teach the course in a specific community, visit the Mental Health First Aid website.

According to the council, studies show that people trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in helping others, a greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. The training is intended for a variety of participants, including non-clinical health care workers; school staff, counselors and nurses; social and human services agency staff; law enforcement and corrections officers; nursing home staff; outreach workers; volunteers; clergy and members of faith communities; youth; families; and the general public.