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Location: St. Johnsbury

Training Type: In Person

Total Hours: 8

Cost: Free

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Sharma Gencarelle
(802) 274-6989

Mental Health First Aid Sylvia Kennedy-Godin

Special Topics:
Sponsor: St. Johnsbury School District
Instructor: Sunny Naughton

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental Health Crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist someone experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This training is specifically designed to learn how to support adults and young adults rather than young children. For the preschool participants this training will support your ability to support parents and families who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy--helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who were trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to: -Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders and self injury. Youth Mental Health First Aid addresses mental health challenges common among adolescents including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavioral disorders and substance abuse disorders. -Use a 5-. step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help. -Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities. -Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovers. -Assess their own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Family & Community Partnerships
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • School-Age
  • Instructors of Adults
  • Mentors/Coaches
  • Program Directors/Managers
Session Dates
Session Times
January 10, 2019
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
February 14, 2020
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Additional Information

Parking in the front parking lot of the St. Johnsbury School. Participants enter through the front door, sign into the front office, and will be directed to The Family Place. The Family Place is a light-filled meeting room on the second floor of the St. Johnsbury School. Continental breakfast/coffee/tea and light snacks will be available. There is a 30 minute breakfast period blocked into the schedule on each day.