Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Military Members & their Families (MHFAVF)
For some veterans, military members and their families, the impact of service doesn’t end when they leave a warzone or military service. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Military Members and their Families teaches people how to notice and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders with a specific focus on the cultural factors related to military life. Ideal for active service members, veterans, friends, family and people that work with veterans and service members.
Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and their Families is one of several modules that is based upon the Adult Mental Health First Aid curriculum; much of the content is identical, but includes additional information and scenarios specific to veterans and service Members. We encourage participants to take either Adult Mental Health First Aid or one of the more specific Adult Mental Health First Aid modules (Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults or Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Military Members and Families). Participating in more than one version of Adult Mental Health First Aid in less than three years is not recommended given the repetitiveness of the curriculum as well as limited resources. This is not the case with Youth Mental Health First Aid as the content and information in that training is specific to adults who work and live with young people, 12 & 18 years of age.
|Training Category: Mental Health
|Length: 8 hours
|Offered for ages: 18 and over
|Location: In Person
|Skill Level: Introductory
|Cost: Free tuition
What you will learn in this eight-hour course:
- Military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health.
- Specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as mental and physical trauma, stress, separation, etc.
- How to break down the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how to reach out to those who suffer in silence or may be reluctant to seek help.
- Community resource information and support will be discussed.
Participants will receive an informational workbook that enhances and summarizes the training as well as a list of community resources.
What to expect:
- Audio/video presentation
- Opportunities for group discussion and practice
- Earn three year certification