Mental health first aid training available

The course can help a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis
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San Benito County Behavioral Health is offering "Mental Health First Aid," an eight-hour training course designed to give members of the public 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 a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

A flyer announcing the course says, "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.

Participants must attend both days (8 hours total):

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19-20, 2017
  • Location: San Benito County Sheriff’s Office (Upstairs) 
  • 2301 Technology Pkwy. Hollister, CA 95023
  • Facilitator: Eliana Delgadillo, Youth Alliance

Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, provides trainees with: 

  • Knowledge of 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 
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care 
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities 
  •  Working 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. 

This course is eligible for continuing education credits. Seating is limited and confirmation is required.

If interested, complete the attached registration form and fax it to Eliana Delgadillo at (831) 636-2850 Attn: Eliana, or email to [email protected] or mail to:

Youth Alliance

310 Fourth Street Ste. 101 

Hollister, CA. 95023

For more information, call Eliana Delgadillo at (831) 636-2853.

BenitoLink Staff