MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
As a service to our community, Aurora Mental Health Center is proud to offer courses in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification course to help communities better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies. ***Spanish language program is 12-hours over two days.
Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing signs of mental illness or in a mental crisis such as severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors; until appropriate professional help or family support can be engaged.
You will learn:
- How to provide help to someone showing signs of mental illness or mental health crisis
- A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care
- The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse
- Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Who should attend?
- School administrators
- Community leaders and navigators
- Human resource professionals
- Members of the faith community
- First responders
- Policy makers
- Social workers
- Friends & family of individuals with mental illness or addiction
- Caring citizens
There are two types of Mental Heatlh First Aid courses:
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. The adult course is available in both English and **Spanish.
**Spanish classes are 12-hour classes over two days. Other language delivery is possible, please inquire.
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 addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
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 AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Cost: $25 to be paid at the class
Registration: to register, go online to www.mhfaco.org/find-class/
Upcoming Classes (2015)
Adult - Held at Aurora Mental Health Center, 791 Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80011
- Dates and Times
- August 12 - 8am to 5pm
- September 9 - 8am to 5pm
Youth - Held at Aurora Mental Health Center, 791 Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80011
- Dates and Times
- July 29 - 8am to 5pm
Space is limited; please RSVP at least 3 days prior to the day of your training.
11TH ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT LUNCHEON, WAS A GREAT HIT:
Our 11th Annual Spring Benefit Luncheon was the best ever, with the assistance of Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre The Second City. More than 300 guests attended the luncheon including officials from the office of Congressman Mike Coffman, State Senator Nancy Todd, the City of Aurora, Arapahoe County, Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Public Schools.
Proceeds from this year's luncheon will benefit Aurora Youth Options (AYO). For more information about AYO, please call Aurora Youth Options at 303.617.2660 or visit online at aurorayouthoptions.org.
We want to thank or Presenting and Matching Sponsor: Citywide Banks, one of our most generous contributors that consistently supports Aurora Mental Health Center.
Aurora Mental Health Center's 39th Annual Celebration
and 8th Annual "Living Life to the Fullest" Student
Held Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast,
was a HUGH SUCCESS!!!
We asked students to submit their best art piece to our Art Contest based on the theme:
"WHAT INSPIRES OR EXCITES YOU"
We received 411 pieces of artwork from students in K – 12th Grade at 34 different schools and educational organizations. More than 300 students, teachers, parents, friends and family members attended the Art Show and Awards presentation.