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The Mental Health First Aid course took place August 11 and 12, 2017 in the Training Room of Upstate AHEC in Greenville, South Carolina. Twenty healthcare professionals attended the course.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give participants key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid helps participants know that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable and that it is OK to seek help. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this program to improve knowledge of mental disorders and substance use, remove fear and misunderstanding, and enable those trained to offer concrete assistance.


Participant comments:

“The course manual was valuable during the sessions and will be very resourceful in my practice. Also, I purchased an extra manual to share. The instructor Kathy Chamblee’s expertise in this subject was evidenced by both didactic and experiential methods of teaching. I recommend this course be offered at all AHEC campuses and in community colleges, in human services, nursing and psychology courses. It would be a good prerequisite for all First Responders, too! (Train the Trainer course of the manual would facilitate state-wide training of professionals to teach in their communities in the 46 SC counties.)”

“Great course, would recommend to anyone! I learned a lot.”
Rebecca Rogers, PHR, SHRM-CP, a Human Resources professional at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, attended the course and stated that this course helped her assist her employees by empowering her to identify issues, and provided tools to have a conversation.

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