Mental Health First Aid Training at UMBC (8/4-8/5)

Sign up now for a two-day training session, August 4-5, 2011.

To register, email your name, department and cell phone number to studentaffairs@umbc.edu. You will receive a confirmation along with location of the training.

Mental Health First Aid is a training session offered in a few states, including Maryland. 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, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Jennifer Lepus from Health Services and AJ Arizarry from The Commons will conduct the training on August 4-5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Individuals who sign up for this training must be committed to completing this two day training in its entirety. There is no charge for the training.

Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate.

A recent trainee said, “I think the training helped me to better understand the signs and symptoms of students in distress. It also gave me insight into what a student who is dealing with mental illness is going through. I actually used some of the trainers’ tips when dealing with a student recently. The tips helped me to better communicate with the student and not feel so awkward.”

This training is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

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