Mental Health First Aid Training (6/13-14)

The next “Mental Health First Aid” class will take place June 13-14. To register, email your name, department/major, e-mail address and cell phone number to studentaffairs@umbc.edu.

Participants must commit to attending both days of training.

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

The goals of Mental Health First Aid are to:

  1. Preserve life where the person may be in danger to self or others;
  2. Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a serious state;
  3. Promote recovery of good mental health; and
  4. Provide comfort to a person with a mental health problem.

Mental Health First Aid does NOT teach people to be therapists. Rather, it teaches how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Patricia Wick, training director for Counseling Services, and Cindy Paige-Desi, community development coordinator for Residential Life, will conduct the training on June 13-14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Individuals who sign up for this two-day class must commit to complete it in its entirety. There is no charge for the training.

Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate.

This training is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

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