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Mental Health First Aid for Adults- CANCELLED

July 16, 2020

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Preparing you to help others experiencing mental distress

In the same way that CPR helps you assist an individual having a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related problem or crisis–even if you have no clinical training. In this 8-hour course, you will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults is appropriate for anyone age 16 and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis. Topics include anxiety, depression, psychosis, suicide, self-harm behavior substance use and how to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a nationally recognized certification.

This workshop is designed for every member of the community. It will be especially beneficial to social services personnel, teachers, physicians, nurses, first responders, public safety officers, veterans’ affairs staff, church workers, and parents. Specialized trainings are also offered for some of these audiences. Please inquire.

WellSpan Philhaven mental health educators train thousands of people each year and have been designated Top Mental Health First Aid Instructors by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Seating is limited to 30.


This training is provided at no cost to you as a community benefit of WellSpan Philhaven and through the support of generous donors. WellSpan Philhaven underwrites this program as part of our commitment to improve the mental health and resilience of our community.

Lunch is included. Please arrive for registration at 8:45 a.m.


One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. On average, there are 123 suicides every day. From 1999 to 2016, 630,000 people died from drug overdose. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis or substance use disorder happens. You will be able to help a friend, family member or colleague upon completion of this training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify, understand and respond to the signs and symptoms of addiction and mental illness.
  2. Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  3. Learn about depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders.
  4. Learn to recognize the signs of suicidality or self-harm behavior and how to respond.
  5. Apply the 5-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help.
  6. Understand what local resources are available and where to turn to guide someone towards getting appropriate professional help.

Private Seminars Available

Mental Health First Aid for Adults may be booked as a private seminar at your location or ours. You can choose your schedule: one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions. A minimum of 15 people is required.

WellSpan Philhaven’s Grace M. Pollock Training & Community Center, Kunkle Room
283 S Butler Road
Mt. Gretna, PA 17604

Event Contact

Jayne L. Miller
Community Mental Health Education Coordinator at WellSpan Health
(717) 273-8871 ext 2248
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