Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Seminole Behavioral Healthcare teaching Mental Health First Aid

Seminole Behavioral Healthcare is offering this again. I took the class a couple of months ago and it was wonderful. (Even I learned something there considering I spend so much time tracking it all day.) This is a unique opportunity to go places few will ever have to go so they understand what life is like for a survivor of trauma. It's a whole new world for them. It will also help you understand the types of trauma dictate how you need to approach the people you are trying to help heal.

Combat veterans have the toughest job of healing because of the severity of their traumas and duration. Then, cops. These people are not just survivors of the traumatic events, they are participants in them because of their jobs. Different traumas, different needs, different ways to help them. This is a great course to take.

Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program is auspiced at the ORYGEN Research Center at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Four detailed studies have been completed in Australia and nearly a dozen journal articles published on Mental Health First Aid’s impact on mental health literacy. One trial of 301 randomized participants found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in England, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Wales and Singapore. In the US, we truly value the supporting evidence and strive to achieve fidelity to the original Mental Health First Aid program developed in Australia. In the next ten years, we hope that Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid training. It has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals — the benefits are limitless!

In order to become certified in Mental Health First Aid, you must attend a 12 hour course endorsed by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare. In order to find out more about upcoming classes, simply click the "Help/Contact" button to the left of this page, or call (407) 831-2411 X1206. There is still room available in our June class!
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