if you knew how to provide appropriate support and help a person secure
assistance for mental health issues of concern?
KMHS provides Certified Trainers to conduct Veterans Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid to local groups and community members. Since 2009, hundreds of Kitsap area residents have participated in the 8 hour, nationally acclaimed, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses. KMHS regularly hosts MHFA offerings to the community at large, and upon request, frequently schedules classes to be conducted for businesses, agencies, schools, organizations, faith communities and others.
Veterans Mental Health First Aid Training for adults helping Veterans
Veterans Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource making a difference in the lives of veterans, their families, and communities they live in. Each veteran has a circle of family - significant other, children, parents, siblings and friends - that is impacted by military service. Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. The 8 hour training uses a 5-step method to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and help an individual connect with appropriate care. Key components of Veterans Mental Health First Aid include discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health; discussion of specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families, such as trauma, mental and physical, stress, separation, etc.; applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan in scenarios designed specifically for veteran's concerns; and review of common mental health resources for service members.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Training for adults helping adults
KMHS’ Adult Mental Health First Aid
trainers are available to conduct the internationally recognized Mental
Health First Aid Training locally in Kitsap County. The 8 hour
training helps an individual assess a situation and connect the person in
crisis to the appropriate level of care, ranging from self-help strategies to
"Mental Health First Aiders"
learn and practice a single strategy to respond to signs of mental health
concerns, such as helping a person through a panic attack, or engaging with
someone who is anxious or depressed. Useful for everyday events, the
training will be especially helpful to persons working with the public - from
law enforcement, to educators, to shelter workers, to banking and retail
establishments. Communities who offer this training have experienced real
benefits and KMHS is pleased to be able to offer Mental Health First Aid to our
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for adults helping
adolescents and young adults
Youth Mental Health First Aid uses the same
effective 5-step method to assist adults in helping adolescents and young adults with mental health
concerns. It is designed for adult members of the public such as school
staff, coaches, youth workers, and volunteers who may become aware that a youth
or young adult is exhibiting signs of emotional, behavioral, or mental health
challenges. It also provides some useful information on how to assist a
young person who has had long term mental health challenges or history of a
serious mental disorder.
Scheduling a Training Specific For Your Group or Organization?
Our Certified Trainers are available to conduct Veterans, Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, specific for your group or organization, here at KMHS or at appropriate venues within Kitsap County as our trainers' schedules permit. The Course accommodates a minimum of 12 and maximum of 32 participants. Courses off of our campus have specific venue requirements, but can be arranged. Please E-mail the KMHS Development Office at CommunityRelations@kmhs.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
Learn more and register for an upcoming
Watch here for upcoming Mental Health First Aid Trainings offered by Kitsap Mental Health Services!