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Mental Health First Aid training

Campus News | Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.

The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Columbus State was the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County’s (ADAMH) first pilot training group for Mental Health First Aid at colleges and universities in 2012. The College used grant funding to bring Mental Health First Aid back to campus in 2016.

This most recent grant of $4,000 from ADAMH will allow Columbus State to train two college staff members to become certified as Mental Health First Aid Adult Instructors so that more training events can be held. Instructors will teach at least three courses a year. According to the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Directory, only 20 instructors reside in the entire state of Ohio, so the Columbus State instructors will be a vital resource for the entire community.


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