Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a skill-based course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use problems. This evidence-based interactive training gives participants the skills and confidence needed 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 mental health crisis. MHFA training provides an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address potential mental health and substance use problems. Participants will also learn how to help connect people to appropriate services. Mental Health First Aiders are individuals who want to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all.
For more information, visit: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
Community pharmacists are trusted, knowledgeable, accessible, and an integral part of health care delivery, promoting safe and effective medication use. Community pharmacists interface daily with large numbers of individuals representing a wide array of people in their communities. MHFA training will increase community pharmacists’ awareness of mental health, teach knowledge and skills to effectively assist, and provide resources to facilitate referrals and linkages to comprehensive mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services.
At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Type of activity: Knowledge
Target audience: Pharmacists
All training materials and delivery of the MHFA curriculum will be coordinated by Keck Graduate Institute and supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SM084175-01). Training and certification is free to participants.
Instructor: Erin D. Knox, PharmD, BCPP
Director, Experiential Pharmacy Education and Volunteer Clinical Professor
If you have a group of 25-30 community pharmacist participants and would like to schedule a training session for your team or colleagues, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we receive your registration, we will contact you with a confirmation email and additional details about the training session. For questions, please contact: email@example.com
All faculty are certified by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing as Mental Health First Aid instructors for the Adult blended virtual and/or in-person MHFA 2.0 curriculum.
Participation in both the 2-hour self-paced online module as well as the 5-hour instructor-led training session, passing a post-test at a specified proficiency level, and completing an activity evaluation form.
For the 2-hour self-paced online module, we advise learners to use a modern web browser, preferably Edge or Chrome. Learners will also need a PDF reader, preferably Acrobat.
For the virtual instructor-led training sessions, learners will need the following technology to successfully participate:
The confidentiality and privacy statement of KGI and AAPP are available for viewing here and here.
Resources are provided for the educational benefit of our learners and are not for distribution. All content is owned and copyrighted by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and cannot be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the proper permission from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
Activity Dates: 3/3/2023 – 3/2/2026
ACPE Contact Hours: 7
ACPE #: 0284-9999-23-046-H99-P (2 hours) 0284-9999-23-045-L99-P (5 hours)
The American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and serves as a partner with Keck Graduate Institute in this educational program.
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