Mental Health First Aid Training

Just as training is required to properly handle a medical emergency (First Aid/CPR), caring for someone during a mental health emergency also requires proper training. Whether at work, at church, in our communities, or in our homes, mental health issues are all around us, and we need to be prepared to handle them. Join us for Mental Health First Aid training presented by Lutheran Family and Children Services.

Through this Nationally accredited training, you will learn how to recognize the common signs and symptoms of prominent mental illnesses; how to understand the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience in our mental health development; how to connect people to helpful resources; to have an action plan for treating non-crisis and crisis mental health emergencies until professional help can arrive; and, appropriate methods for self-care.

Date, Time & Place

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall

Cost

  • $10 per person.
  • This cost covers printed materials given out during class and indefinite access to digital material.
  • Can be paid online at the online payment page of our website (www.elcstl.org) or by remitting it to the office of Epiphany Lutheran Church. Please make sure to indicate that your payment is for Mental Health First Aid Training.

Registration

  • Ends on September 1, 2021.
  • If there is ample space still available, we will open registration to the South City Circuit of LCMS churches starting August 15.
  • Class Size:¬†maximum of 25 people.
  • Audience: The class is designed for persons 18 years and older.
  • Other Requirements: The test at the end of the class must be taken on a computer. The test only takes 5 minutes and church will have at least one laptop available for use, however it is recommended that everyone bring their own, if possible. Phones and tablets will not work with the testing software.

Time Commitment

  • Two and a half hours of mandatory pre-class work, which includes a survey (about 20 questions) to discover what you already know about the topic, a 2 hour video, and a brief questionnaire at the end. The goal of the video is to establish a good foundation on the topic of mental health so that everyone is ready to go when the class meets.
  • This pre-work must be done in order to attend the class. (Participants will have about 2 weeks to complete this work.)
  • Five and a half hours of actual class time, plus time for breaks and lunch. (A total of about 6.5 – 7 hours).

Certification

  • Everyone who passes the test at the end of class, will receive a certificate. Certification is similar to a First Aid/CPR certification and is good for 3 years.