Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health Care Systems believes in a strong support system for our community. Find resources below.
Mental Health First Aid
What is Mental Health First Aid Training?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before appropriate professional help is obtained.
Description of the Program
State certified mental health first aid instructors will teach the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. The course addresses mental health crisis situations and/or the early stages of mental health problems. The MHFA training course is 12 hours long and can be broken down into multiple work sessions to accommodate scheduling. Recommended sessions breakdown is 2 6-hour sessions or 4 3-hour sessions.
What Participants Learn
The MHFA training course addresses how to give help in any of the following crisis situations:
- Individual feeling suicidal
- Individual having a panic attack
- Individual who has recently experienced a traumatic event
- Individual who is a psychotic and threatening violence
- Individual who has overdosed
- Participants learn to use the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan:
- Access Risk of Suicide or Harm
- Listen Non-Judgementally
- Give Reassurance and Information
- Encourage Person to Get Appropriate Professional Help
- Encourage Self-Help Strategies
We have provided the links below to assist you with information about the Southwest community.
- Alabama Department of Mental Health
- Regional Autism Network
Region 3: University of South Alabama
251-410-4533 | Email
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Alabama Department of Human Resources
- Alabama Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Alabama Medicaid