Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults: February 8, 2019


Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adults over the age of 65, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect older adults to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Training will be from 8:30 am-5:30pm and will have light breakfast & lunch provided.

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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:

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  2. Listen nonjudgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help
  5. 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.


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.


The course will be held at the Trauma Healing Project at 1100 Charnelton Street in Eugene. The building is on the corner of W. 11th and Charnelton St. across the street from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Training will be from 8:30 am-5:30pm and will have light breakfast & lunch provided.

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February 8, 2019


Trauma Healing Project, 1100 Charnelton St. Eugene, OR




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