What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a curriculum that teaches about recovery and resiliency and how someone can respond to a person who is having a mental health crisis or struggling with a mental health challenge. MHFA teaches the mnemonic ALGEE:

  • Assess for Risk of Suicide or Harm
  • Listen Nonjudgmentally
  • Give Reassurance and Information
  • Encourage Appropriate Professional Help
  • Encourage Self-Help and Other Support Strategies.

Columbia Community Mental Health started offering Mental Health First Aid training in May of 2011. Since then 22 classes have been held and 294 participants certified. Since starting MHFA trainings, CCMH employees (3 currently) have also become trainers in the youth version of Mental Health First Aid, which assists participants to offer help to youth who are experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis until appropriate help is received or the crisis resolves. Different areas of the community have shown interest and some have already participated in a training and become certified Mental Health first aiders. We have trained people from the court system, schools, and juvenile department to mention a few. Because our community first responders had an interest in Mental Health First Aid training, we had 2 trainers take the specialized public safety curriculum supplemental training. We have participated in 4 Public Safety trainings, 3 of which were full week Crisis Intervention Trainings.

If you would like more information on the Mental Health First Aid Trainings offered by CCMH please contact one of the following trainers:

Juli Knapp julik@ccmh1.com or 503-438-2217

Nicole Morris nicolem@ccmh1.com

Brianne Mares briannem@ccmh1.com