Course Offerings - please see announcement below

State leaders and Public health officials have recommended community actions to reduce exposure to COVID-19, including the canceling of any unnecessary events. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease if followed correctly.  

As the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board for Montgomery County supports these recommendations to reduce exposure to COVID-19, we have cancelled ALL in person trainings through May 29, 2020, including those scheduled to take place at alternative locations. We will be notifying those registered for any trainings for the upcoming months of the newly scheduled dates/times/locations as soon as possible.

Virtual training is available and several topics have been scheduled.  Click here to see what's being offered.
We appreciate your patience during the rescheduling process and highly encourage you to frequently check our website for further COVID-19 updates and tips, online training opportunities, and other educational material. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at (937) 443-0416

Mental Health First Aid USA

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

Mental Health First Aid was introduced in the U.S. in 2008 and, to date, more than 100,000 people from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have taken the course. The course is offered to a variety of audiences, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, and law enforcement . In 2012, a Spanish adaptation of the course was released.

In 2012, Youth Mental Health First Aid was introduced to prepare trainees to help youth ages 12-18 that may be developing or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is most appropriate for adults who regularly interact with youth, such as teachers or coaches, but may also be appropriate for youth who are 16 years and older.

For more information contact us at  (937) 443-0416 x103.