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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training course designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

What do people learn in a Mental Health First Aid course?

Just like CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, MHFA training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

MHFA teaches a single 5-step action plan that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other support.

Trainees are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, and they engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families. The course shares evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

What topics are covered?

MHFA covers depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

MHFA trainees will also learn the 5-step action plan to respond to a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

How many participants are needed in order to have the training?

MHFA trainings should have at least 5 participants registered for the course and should not exceed 30 participants.

Does the Mental Health First Aid training have to be completed in one day?

No. If you do not wish to complete a 1-day training, we recommend splitting the 8-hour course into two 4-hour training periods.

Trainings can be arranged to best suit the schedule of the instructors or participants; however, participants MUST complete the full 8 hours of training to receive the certification.

How do I schedule a Mental Health First Aid training course?

Please contact Mary Nelson Robertson by email or by phone at 662-325-4447 for more information or to schedule a course.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health June 7, 2021

To some people, farming is an idyllic way of life, but producers face some unique stressors that can impact their well-being. In fact, a national poll by the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2019 confirmed that about two in five farmers and farm workers reported experiencing increased stress levels and more mental health challenges since 2014.

Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Farm Stress May 11, 2021

The Mississippi State University Extension Service PROMISE Initiative has two upcoming sessions in a webinar series that addresses farm stress, mental health and social structural issues affecting farmers and ranchers. The webinars will be held May 18 and June 15 at noon CST. They are part of the ongoing “R is for Rural and Resilient” series that began in November 2020.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Farm Safety, The PROMISE Initiative April 15, 2021

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Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative January 6, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Researchers from the Mississippi State University Extension Service are looking to collect row-crop farmers’ feedback on stress related to farming.

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Farm Stress October 23, 2020

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