Linden Oaks Behavioral Health offers Mental Health First Aid Training

August 31, 2023
In response to the nation’s mental health crisis, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health offers in-person and virtual Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, an evidenced-based public education program that teaches people how to help someone with a mental health problem or crisis.

This groundbreaking skills-based course teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a person experiencing mental health or substance use challenges. Similar to physical First Aid and CPR, MHFA teaches skills to provide assistance until professional assistance is available. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step Action Plan that guides participants through the process of reaching out and offering support. 

One in five Americans has experienced a mental health challenge, but many are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges can be difficult to see. Friends and family members may find it hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not receive appropriate care.

“Educating individuals about mental health and substance use is vital for our communities to thrive,” says Gina Sharp, President, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. “Mental Health First Aid helps break down the stigma and barriers for individuals to receive care so they can aim for holistic health, in which their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social needs are met.”

Since its introduction in 2008, MHFA has become a full-blown movement. More than 3 million people in the U.S. are trained by thousands of certified instructors and that number is growing every day.

For more information or to participate in MHFA training offered by Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, click, call (630) 646-5158 or e-mail