Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults (MHFAOA)
Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults focuses on the unique experiences and needs of adults over age 50, introduces risk factors and warning signs of behavioral health issues and builds understanding of their impact. This eight-hour course builds the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing or experiencing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to appropriate supports. Ideal for caregivers, nursing staff, aging services providers, employers, faith communities, families and friends.
Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults 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 older adults. 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 Military members, Veterans and their 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:
- Life changes that occur in older adults.
- Specific risk factors faced by older adults, such as chronic health conditions.
- How to discern the difference between talking about death and thoughts of suicide.
- Psychosis, dementia and delirium in older adults.
- How to communicate effectively with those who need help while using respectful language.
- How to combat the stigma around substance use-related issues in older adults.
- A five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional help
- Local community resources available to offer support
Participants will receive a 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