Mental Health First Aid Training

Anyone, anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – if they know what to do and what to say.

The Southeast Alaska AHEC provides Mental Health First Aid training throughout the region.

Alaska AHECs can teach this program to 16 - 18 year olds with signed parental/guardian permission.

Upcoming Trainings: Juneau School District Mental Health First Aid Training for students 16-18. April 13, 2019.

Mental Health First Aid teaches skills that enable participants to:

  • Promote mental health literacy
  • Combat stigma of mental illness
  • Enable early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Connect people to care
The course teaches participants how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  •  Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.

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