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Mental Health First Aid Training Can Help!

Mental Health First Aid uses a 5-step method to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and help an individual connect with appropriate care. “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.

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 for the community at large and upon request, schedules classes to be conducted for businesses, agencies, schools, organizations, faith communities and others locally in Kitsap County. Communities who offer this training have experienced real benefits and KMHS is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid to our residents.  In order to make Mental Health First Aid readily available to the public, training is offered at a minimal cost of $35.00, which includes a Mental Health First Aid manual.  As MHFA is an Evidence-Based Practice, participants must attend the full 8-hour class to receive Certification.

Interested in Scheduling a Training Specific For Your Group or Organization?
Our Certified Trainers are available to conduct Adult, Youth and Veterans 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 if you are interested in this opportunity.

Mental Health First Aid Training is an international program which is offered by many organizations throughout Western Washington. Click here to Find an upcoming Mental Health First Aid Course in your locality!

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Adult Mental Health First Aid is especially helpful to persons working with the public – from law enforcement, to educators, to shelter workers, to banking and retail establishments.  Learn more. . .

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adult members of the public such as school staff, coaches, youth workers, and volunteers.  Learn more. . .

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Veterans Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource making a difference in the lives of veterans, their families, and communities they live in. Learn more. . .

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