Mental Health First Aid Training

Do you know what to do during a mental health crisis?

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. You learn warning signs for mental health and addiction crises. The training covers strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. You also learn where to turn for help when you need it.

"I deal directly with clients who are often escalating... so it is good and grounding for me to be able to learn tools to keep myself calm so I can in turn keep others calm as I'm supporting them."

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When you take a course*, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations. Practicing through role plays, scenarios and activities makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation. Mental Health First Aid covers the following: 

  • Defusing Crises
  • Promoting mental health literacy
  • Combatting stigma of mental illness
  • Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Connecting people to care

*upon completing the course, you will receive a 3-year international certification through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

SC Thrive is the leading training organization for Mental Health First Aid in South Carolina.

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