Champions offers Mental Health First Aid to staff
The importance of recognizing and properly responding to issues of mental health cannot be overstated. That’s why, in 2017, we began providing Mental Health First Aid training to all full and part-time staff, and we’re proud to offer it again this year.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course, managed and disseminated by the National Council for Behavioral Health that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives participants the skills they need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The goal of the program is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR.
Champions was prompted to participate with this training as part of our preparation for our COA accreditation renewal. It was recommend as a basic training for all staff to understand how to respond to emergency situations, as appropriate to their position and the services provided. As evidence of the rising prevalence of mental health stress with families and its relationship to child abuse & neglect becomes more apparent, we recognize that programs like Mental Health First Aid are incredibly important.
Mental Health First Aid is both evidence-based and specially designed for social service practitioners, making it an ideal fit for Champions. By connecting with local trainers, we are able to offer this training at low cost to all employees. Those who have taken the training have reported that it had an immediate impact to their confidence and competence to recognize and respond to individuals in distress.
This offering is just one of the many professional development programs we offer both internally externally. Champions also serves as the Brazelton Touchpoints Training Site and the Family Nurturing Center of Tampa Bay, as well as the Parents as Teachers State Office for Florida.
Posted by Jovahn Huertas on February 1, 2018