Dakota County Public Health offers training for community members who live or work in Dakota County to be certified in Mental Health First Aid for adults or youth.
The Mental Health First Aid course is an intensive, 8-hour class that has been developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health to teach people how to help an individual who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses or addiction. You will learn:
- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders
- A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis
- Where people can turn for help — professional, peer and self-help resources
For people who want to be trained to help adults
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 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.
For people who want to be trained to help youth
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.
Visit Fairview Community Health to find upcoming classes more information or search for more classes around the state.
Contact Public Health for information about a version of Mental Health First Aid tailored for law enforcement, first responders and correctional staff.