Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack—even if you have no clinical training—Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. For more information regarding Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), please contact the MFHA Outreach Coordinator at 832-947-5622 or by email HERE.
Mental Health First Aid teaches the lay person to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in other adults. It is an innovative 8-hour course designed to give the tools needed to recognize a range of mental health problems and the skills and confidence to help someone in a mental health crisis. The program offers a 5-step action plan to help someone in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. Studies show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illness. Mental Health First Aid is listed the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other caring citizens who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18) how to help in both mental health crisis and non-crisis situations. The course introduces the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for helping youth.
Texana Center currently has a grant to provide MHFA to school staff at all Independent School Districts in our six county area as well as colleges and universities.