Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidenced-based public education program that teaches people how to help someone with a mental health problem or crisis. Mental Health First Aid focuses on skills that can be used until professional help is available.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants to identify people who may need help with a mental illness, effectively communicate with them, and guide them to appropriate professional help. The goal of this training is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as using CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Some of the people who take Mental Health First Aid training include:

  • Educators/school administrators
  • College/university leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Members of faith communities
  • Homeless shelter staff and volunteers
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Police/first responders/security personnel
  • Mental health authorities
  • Policymakers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • Consumers and family members
  • Caring citizens

MHFA training classes

Did you know that you’re more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack? By attending a MHFA training you can learn how to to identify and help someone who is facing a mental health crisis.

We offer MHFA training classes that our open to the public for a nominal fee as well as classes for independent organizations/companies/schools.  

MHFA Trainings- Open to the Public Classes 

For organizations/companies/schools interested in setting up a MHFA training at their site, call 630-646-5158 or email mhfa@eehealth.org.

Mental Health First Aid talk show

The Mental Health First Aid talk show is a pre-recorded 30-minute show on mental health topics. The show discusses current mental/behavioral health topics and treatment. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid in this YouTube video series.

MHFA consortium instructors

Many people ask how they can become a MHFA instructor. The Linden Oaks Behavioral Health team is one of the first organizations in the Midwest trained to teach Mental Health First Aid. As trainers, our goal is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as using CPR in a cardiac emergency.

The MHFA Consortium is comprised of organizations that have designated specific employees to be MHFA instructors.

For more information on becoming a Mental Health First Aid consortium instructor, call at 630-646-5158 or mhfa@eehealth.org.

MHFA Calendar- Open to the Public Classes                  

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Description: 2 hours of online self-paced coursework followed by a scheduled 6 hour IN-PERSON instructor-led class being held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Edward Corporate Center located at 4201 Winfield Road, Warrenville, IL 60555
  • To register: https://121422bymhfa.eventbrite.com

Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In- Person Instructor Led class being held on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Elmhurst Hospital located at 155 E Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • To register: https://011923bMHFA.eventbrite.com

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In- Person Instructor Led class being held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at Elmhurst Hospital located at 155 E Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • To register: https://012822bYMHFA.eventbrite.com

Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In- Person Instructor Led class being held on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Edward Plainfield Campus; 24600 West 127th St Building A, Plainfield, IL 60585
  • To register: https://bmhfa021623.eventbrite.com

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In-Person Instructor Led class being held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health;  9697 W 191ST St, Mokena, Illinois 
  • To register: https://022523bYMHFA.eventbrite.com

Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • Description: Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In-Person Instructor Led class being held on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health; 9697 W 191ST St, Mokena, Illinois 60467
  • To register: https://031123bMHFA.eventbrite.com

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Blended Learning – Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

  • Description: Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the In-Person Instructor Led class being held on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health; 1335 N Mill Street, Naperville, IL, 60563 
  • To register: https://031523bYMHFA.eventbrite.com
 

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