Mental Health First Aid
Solari has been awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Awareness Training grant for an additional five years! That means we’ll be training individuals across Arizona in critical Mental Health First Aid.
We have been training for 3 years since receiving the MHFA Grant and have provided 54 of classes and trained 1124 people!
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance Use disorders
When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
- Panic Attacks
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Nonsuicidal self-injury
- Acute psychosis
- Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
- Reaction to a traumatic event
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include
- substance use
- disorders in which psychosis may occur
- disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD)
- eating disorders.
Teen Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach students in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 how to help a friend who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.
This course introduces common mental health challenges for teens and teaches an action plan for how to help their friends in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Topics covered include:
- Signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges
- Signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide
- The impact of school violence and bullying on mental health
- How to open the conversation about mental illnesses and substance use with friends
Past In-Person Trainings
Each provides a 3 year certification
First Aiders will compete a 2- hour self-paced pre-work and then participate in a 6-hour instructor led class using virtual technology
First Aiders will complete an in person 8- hour in person course.
Participant Feedback from the course
Groups we are looking to partner with
- School personnel
- First responders
- Healthcare workers
- Community Members
Solari Crisis & Human Services is proud to partner with organizations throughout Arizona to provide mental health awareness training to increase knowledge, eliminate stigma and reduce mental health disparities in our community.