2019 Fall Safety and Loss Control Workshops: Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS

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One in five American adults lives with a mental illness, and approximately 85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues. Could you recognize the warning signs, and provide first aid, if a colleague, family member, or member of the community is experiencing a mental health crisis?

This fall, the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust is hosting Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS—workshops designed specifically to help you understand the unique experiences first responders and their families face. Over the course of two days, you will delve into mental health topics specifically designed for you:

  • Discuss first responder culture, stigma, and their relevance to mental health
  • Learn about specific risk factors you and your families can face
  • Review common mental health resources designed for you, your families, and those who support you
  • Find out how to support your colleagues by learning the skills to safely address potential mental health or substance use challenges

In addition to learning about mental health topics for first responders, you'll gain skills to help members of your community:

  • Discover skills to change the way mental health is viewed and increase your mental health and substance use literacy
  • Be introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and ways you can recognize them
  • Explore the skills to safely address a mental health or substance use challenge on the scene of an emergency
  • 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

After this workshop, you’ll be able to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • 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.

Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for firefighters and EMS workers

Fee: $15 (includes dinner Friday night and a continental breakfast Saturday morning)
This workshop meets the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education's mental health criteria and is eligible for reimbursement.

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 2018 Fairview conducted Community Health Needs Assessments for all eleven 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 eleven 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.
Find out more about the presenters.

Dates & Locations:

  • Sept. 20-21—Fergus Falls
    Please note: due to low registration, the Fergus Falls workshop has been cancelled.
    Fergus Falls Fire Station
    325 E. Washington Ave. (view map)
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    (218) 739-2211
    Time: Friday, Sept. 20—5-9:30 p.m. (dinner provided)
    Saturday, Sept. 21—8 a.m.-12 p.m. (continental breakfast provided)
  • Nov. 1-2—Windom
    Windom Emergency Services Facilities
    938 5th Ave. (view map)
    Windom, MN 56101
    (507) 831-6129
    Please note: the location for this newly-built facility shows up as Witt Memorial Park in Google Maps.
    Time: Friday, Nov. 1—5-9:30 p.m. (dinner provided)
    Saturday, Nov. 2—8 a.m.-12 p.m. (continental breakfast provided)

This workshop is being done in partnership with Fairview Health Services and the Fairview Foundation.