2018 Fall Safety & Loss Control Workshops: Mental Health First Aid

Registration for these workshops is full.

One in five American adults lives with a mental illness. One in 10 young people experience a period of major depression. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive needed treatment.

Could you recognize, and provide first aid, if you encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis? Find out what you can do during Mental Health First Aid—an eight-hour training that uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

During the workshop, you will:

  • Be introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and ways you can recognize them
  • Build understanding of the impacts of mental illness
  • Learn signs of specific mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia
  • Discover strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Create partnerships with other community leaders as you discover ways to help with this growing issue

After this workshop, you’ll take away a five-step action plan, ALGEE, that you can use to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies
    You’ll also receive a program manual you can take with you that complements the course material.

View the workshop agenda.

Audience: This workshop is designed for all public employees who frequently work with community members, including: receptionists, city clerks, administrators, municipal liquor store employees, librarians, public works employees, parks & rec employees, and law enforcement
Note: officers completing this workshop can earn 9 POST credits that can be applied to the training requirements of Minn. Stat. § 626.8469 in the area of crisis intervention and mental illness crises training.

Fee: $15 (includes lunch)

Presentation Information: This workshop will be presented by Fairview's certified Mental Health First Aid instructors. Improving the health of the communities they serve is the cornerstone of Fairview Health Services non-profit mission. To better understand the needs of those communities, in 2015 Fairview conducted Community Health Needs Assessments for all six Fairview hospitals. Results of these assessments showed that concerns about mental health and well-being topped the list of prioritized community health needs at all six hospitals. Their commitment to the Mental Health First Aid program is one way they are responding to our local communities in response to these concerns.

Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Note: registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Dates & Locations:

  • Nov. 14—Golden Valley
    Brookview Golden Valley
    Basset Creek North Room (view map)
    316 Brookview Parkway S
    Golden Valley MN 55426
    Please note: registration for this location is full

The League of Minnesota Cities is co-sponsoring this event along with the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Boards Association. This workshop is being done in partnership with Fairview Health Services and the Fairview Foundation.