271 W. Third St. N., Suite 600
Wichita, KS 67202
If you need immediate assistance, please call our Crisis Line at 316-660-7500.
For a first appointment, please call 316-660-7540 or click here to learn more about accessing our services.
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What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that
teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or
experiencing a mental health crisis. People across the country - in all 50
states and the District of Columbia -are trained in Mental Health First Aid.
They know how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses
This course is delivered by certified Mental Health First
Aid USA instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification
Mental Health First Aid Teaches:
Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based
Programs and Practices. Studies show that individuals trained in the program
increase their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness
and addictions; can identify multiple types of professional and self-help
resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction; increase their
confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress; and show reduced
social distance to individuals with mental illnesses.
Youth: Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in
adolescents ages 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or
experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 16 years or older to learn how to help young people.
Adult: The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help adults who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or concern.
Older Adults: Older adults and care partners are less likely to identify a problem as a symptom of a mental health
disorder. Furthermore, older adults have high rates of late onset mental health disorders (anxiety/depression) and low rates of identification and treatment.
Mental Health First Aid now offers a tailored supplement which builds upon the effectiveness of the
standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on the older adult population.
Who Takes The Course?
The course helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide
initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or
crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members,
colleagues, or others in their community.
of Sedgwick County is to provide quality public services to our
community so everyone can pursue freedom and prosperity in a safe,
secure, and healthy environment.
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