Mental Health First Aid Certif. Training – Montgomery

Published: July 2, 2019


presented by Medical Advocacy and Outreach & MAO Behavioral Health

MAO Learning Center, 2530 Fisk Road, Montgomery

August 8, 2019

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(8 contact hours)


Partial credit will not be offered. Additional instructions associated with confirmation of credit may be provided onsite.


Beverly Toodle, Mental Health Awareness Trainer, Council on Substance Abuse (COSA)

2019 Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Flyer



Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give 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 following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Learning Objectives:

Mental Health First Aid Certification, which must be renewed every three (3) years, empowers trainees to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

What it covers:

  • A discussion of first responder culture, stigma and their relevance to the topic of mental health.
  • Outreach tactics to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many first responders and their families.
  • A review of common mental health resources for first responders, their families and those who support them.

Working Agenda:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM   Onsite check-in

Session 1, Part 1 (2 contact hours)          

o    What is Mental Health First Aid?

o    Mental Health Problems in the USA

o    The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

o    Understanding Depression

o    Understanding Anxiety Disorders


Session 1, Part 2 (2 contact hours)

o    First Aid for Suicide Behavior

o    What is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury?

o    First Aid for Depression and Anxiety

Lunch (provided)

Session 2, Part 1 (2 contact hours)

o    First Aid for Panic Attacks

o    First Aid for Traumatic Events

o    Understanding Disorders in Which Psychosis May Occur

o    First Aid for Acute Psychosis


Session 2, Part 2 (2 contact hours)

o    Understanding Substance Use Disorders

o    First Aid for Overdose

o    First Aid for Withdrawal

o    Using Mental Health First Aid

o    Exam and Evaluation

4:30 PM        End

Credit Statement (s): 

Medical Advocacy & Outreach has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6882. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Medical Advocacy & Outreach has been approved by the Alabama Board of Social Worker Examiners as an approved Continuing Educator Provider, ACEP No. 0134.

Registration Assistance:

Should you experience difficulty with the online registration process e-mail