Mental Health First Aid at Valley Cities

Valley Cities is proud to offer Mental Health First Aid training throughout King County. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an eight hour course designed to train citizens to assess and support people experiencing mental health challenges and refer them to qualified professionals. Just as CPR training prepares people without medical backgrounds to help someone who is having a heart attack, the MHFA Program trains people to help someone who is at risk of developing a mental health problem or is going through a mental health crisis.

In this research-based training course, participants learn about the risk factors for mental illness and practice intervention strategies that equip them to respond quickly and effectively. The program teaches a single strategy that includes:

  • Assessing risk
  • Respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis
  • Identifying and contacting appropriate professional help

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders. Valley Cities proudly offers courses in both standard and Youth MHFA.

UPCOMING MHFA TRAININGS

July 13th in Shoreline
Shoreline City Hall – 17500 Midvale Ave. North
8am – 5pm, lunch provided.

July 14th in Auburn
Auburn Community Center – 910 9th St. SE
8am – 5pm, lunch provided

All Valley Cities MHFA Training courses are provided at no cost through a grant from King County.

To register for any upcoming trainings, or for information on potential trainings, please contact Sue Wyder at 253-426-5957.

Interested in becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid? Anyone with an interest in helping people and a commitment to completing the training course can participate in the Mental health First Aid Program. To find out more about how you, your business, or organization can become more involved with this powerful program to build mental health literacy and help the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, please contact Sue Wyder at 253-426-5957.

This project is funded by the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Plan Initiative PRI-07 – Mental Health First Aid.