Children, adolescents and adults can learn how to develop and improve their mental health to manage emotions, carry out daily activities, and cope with challenges. Public Health regularly offers training in Mental Health First Aid and can arrange a presentation or consultation on various mental health topics for organizations in Dakota County. Download a flyer.
Certification in Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid courses are intensive 8-hour training classes. Participants learn how to help a person who may be developing a mental health-related crisis or challenge. Two types of courses are available:
- Mental Health First Aid: For people who want to be trained to help adults. Register now (or contact Public Health about a course tailored for law enforcement, first responders and corrections).
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: For people who work with adolescents (age 12-18). Register now.
Contact Public Health for more information on the following training and presentations on mental health topics.
Suicide Means Restriction
Means Restriction Education is a training for health care professionals and crisis responders on effective ways to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. The training discusses how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage and how to secure medications.
Make it OK
A one-hour facilitated discussion that helps participants learn about mental illnesses, how to combat stigma and effective ways to talk about mental illnesses. The presentation is designed for the general public.
Question, Persuade, and Refer: Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
A one-hour presentation covering the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. The program is intended for the general public and professionals.
Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses in Children and Adolescents
This two-hour training session provides information on the biological nature of mental illnesses and how educators and parents can work together to support young people. Two versions of the training can be provided: Elementary and Secondary. The presentation is intended for the general public and educators (program meets continuing education requirements for Minnesota teachers).
Suicide Prevention and Postvention
The two-hour training discusses safe ways to talk about suicide and promote healing and reduce the risk of contagion, including protocols that can reduce the risk of further deaths. The presentation is designed for professionals who may respond to a suicide death, including behavioral health professionals, city leaders, law enforcement, faith leaders, and school personnel.
Consultation on mental health topics
Organizations in Dakota County can arrange for a Mental Health First Aid course, a presentation on a mental health topic, or consultation to develop policies and practices to promote mental health and reduce the risk of mental health problems. Contact Public Health for more information.
For more information: