MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that provides people the basic tools to help someone showing signs of mental illness or substance use disorder or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who can’t breathe or is having a heart attack. We offer trainings customized for specific areas of interest. Click here to see the variety of trainings offered.

 

Integral Care began offering MHFA to the community in 2009 through our Crisis Services program. To date, over 1 million people across the country have been trained in MHFA. Integral Care has trained over 3,500 people in Travis County, including representatives from Front Steps, the University of Texas, Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, City of Austin, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, Goodwill Industries of Texas, AIDS Service of Austin, Mobile Loaves and Fishes and many more.

Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.

Anyone! MHFA gives people the tools they need to help friends, family, colleagues and community members. It answers key questions like “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

  • Warning signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, suicide and substance use disorder
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone showing signs of mental illness or someone potentially in crisis

  • Professional and self-help resources

There are multiple types of MHFA trainings.

 

  • Adult MHFA, offered in English and Spanish, is for anyone who wants to learn how to help someone showing signs of mental illness and/or substance use disorder or experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Youth MHFA is for anyone who works with youth and young adults ages 12-18 and 18-25 who may be in the early stages of a mental health problem, substance use disorder or crisis. Instructors review the risk factors and warning signs for this age group. The training emphasizes the importance of early intervention.
  • Veterans, Service Members and Their Families MHFA is customized for family members and anyone who works with veterans, service members and their families. This training focuses on the unique experiences and needs of this population.
  • Public Safety MHFA is customized for police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences. The training provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental health related calls.
  • Higher Education MHFA is customized for anyone in a college or university setting. Instructors train students, faculty and others to recognize the signs of emerging mental illnesses and/or substance use disorder or to assist young adults in a mental health crisis. The training emphasizes the importance of early intervention.
  • Older Adult MHFA is customized for anyone who works with those dealing with later-life issues. This training focuses on the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adults ages 65 and over.

MHFA is a great addition to a wellness program. It can provide managers and employees the tools they need to support each other and identify the signs of a mental health crisis. Just like you support your employees with physical wellness programs, mental health programs are just as important.

We are happy to provide MHFA trainings onsite at your business at no cost. To learn more, please contact April Oviedo at april.oviedo@integralcare.org or (512) 804-3260.
 

Click below to register for Adult and Youth MHFA. Classes are available weekly in Austin and Georgetown. Thanks to a grant from St. David’s Foundation, no one will be turned away. However, a donation of $10 is welcome.

To register for Veterans, Service Members and Their Families MHFA; Public Safety MHFA; Higher Education MHFA or Older Adult MHFA please contact April Oviedo at april.oviedo@integralcare.org.

The SAMHSA Project-AWARE MHFA Community Grant, Allergan Foundation MHFA Grant, and the State of Texas HHSC MHFA Grant allow us to offer free MHFA trainings to people who work with transitioning youth ages 16 to 24, first responders and educators (K – 12th grades and institutes of higher education).

To learn more, please contact Margaret Milardo at Margaret.Milardo@IntegralCare.org.

  • What is the minimum and maximum number of participants for a training?
    • Our minimum is 10 participants and our maximum is 30 participants.
  • May I host an MHFA training for a group of individuals?
    • To host a training, please adhere to the minimum and maximum number of participants. We will ask if you have a projector and speakers. If not, we will provide those items. For more questions or to set an MHFA training, please contact April Ashley Oviedo at april.oviedo@integralcare.org.
  • I would like to organize an MHFA training for a group, but do not have a location. Can you provide the space for the training?
  • How much does the training cost?
    • A $10 donation is suggested. If you are a first responder or if you work with transition-aged youth ages 16-24, training is free of charge.
  • Do I have to stay the entire time?
    • In order to receive credit for MHFA training, you must attend the entire training. We document attendance through a sign-in sheet, so please make sure you sign-in.

For more information, if you’d like to host an MHFA training or to request special accommodations, please feel free to contact April Ashley Oviedo at april.oviedo@integralcare.org.

St. Davids Foundation
Bluebonnet Trails

St. David’s Foundation has graciously awarded Integral Care a Healthy Minds Grant to expand our general MHFA program for both Adults and Youth. Their generosity allows us to provide even more Travis County residents the tools they need to support someone having a mental health crisis or showing signs of mental illness. Integral Care is also partnering with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services to increase access to this potentially life-saving training in the Williamson County area.

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