Mental Health First Aid
About This Event
This Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is intended for adults who wish to help people with emerging mental health disorders or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The goal of MHFA training is to teach people to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health disorder or mental health crisis.
Participants also learn a 5-step action plan to engage and ultimately guide people to both professional and community resources that can help.
Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors lead part two of the training. The 6-hour session takes the knowledge and skills learned in part one and applies it to crisis and non-crisis situations.
Through a combination of lecture, activities, scenarios, and videos, participants learn to assess, approach, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance/information, encourage appropriate help, and encourage self-help to people showing signs/symptoms of a mental health disorder or mental health crisis.
The class is two-part training. Part one is a self-paced, online overview of the entire training.
This section includes:
- What is Mental Health First Aid?
- What do Mental Health First Aiders do
- What is the Mental Health First Aid action plan?
- Considerations before reaching out.
- What is mental health?
- What is a mental health challenge?
- What is stigma?
- What is person-first language?
- How do gaps in treatment impact people.
- What are risk factors for mental health challenges?
Participants who complete the class receive a 3-year certification as a Mental Health First Aider.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Dan Muxfeld has taught Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid since 2015. Since then, he has led more than 300 Mental Health First Aid trainings. Dan has taught a wide variety of audiences including school, government, business, and non-profit organizations. Dan brings energy, enthusiasm and humor to the classroom. He is one of the highest ranked trainers in Wisconsin.
Dan Muxfeld was awarded Top Mental Health First Aid instructor for Wisconsin for 2021 by Mental Health First-USA and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
This honor would not be possible without the commitment from so many individuals and organizations who support Mental Health First Aid training throughout Madison, Dane County, and Wisconsin.