The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among older adults, like depression and anxiety. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support an older person developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adults ages 65 and over.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with older people (caretakers, nursing staff, etc.). Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.
WHERE WILL THIS BE HELD
The course will be held at Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue in Florence, Oregon. Training will be from 8:30 am-5:30pm and will have light breakfast & lunch provided.