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Mental Health First Aid

 

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific 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).

In the state of Oregon, more than 18,000 people are trained in Mental Health First Aid. Over one million people are trained nationally.

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GOBHI's Certified Instructors

Instructors are certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health

Erin Rust
Certified in youth, adult and public safety

Linda Watson
Certified in youth and adult

Janet Holboke
Certified in adult and older adult

Sumuer Watkins
Certified in youth and adult

Jonathan Hankins
Certified in youth

Nicole Hollenbeck
Certified in adult, public safety

Eilene Flory
Certified in adult, public safety

Armenia Sarabia
Certified in youth, adult, public safety and Spanish

Upcoming Trainings:

Course Type:  Youth

Date: September 27 & 28

Location: GOBHI office 
401 East 3rd St.
Suite #101
The Dalles, OR 97058

Time: September 27: Noon-5pm, September 28: 8:30am-11:30am

Please contact Erin Rust for more information, to register for these trainings, or to plan a training in your community. 

Contact

Erin Rust
School Based Program Coordinator

MHFA Statewide Coordinator/ Instructor

541-397-0542

erin.rust@gobhi.net

Resources

National Council for Behavioral Health (MHFA)
mentalhealthfirstaid.org

Mental Health First Aid Oregon (AOCMHP) 
mhfaoregon.org