Mental Health First Aid Training – 2015

Posted on April 19, 2015 in Behavioral Health, Health Education | Short Link
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Are you interested in learning more about mental health?

Does your job require you to help others who may be dealing with emotional or behavioral problems?

Come to learn more on this two day training May 13th and 14th  in Wilkinsburg. The training will be in ASL
RID credits will be offered
See the flyer below
Contact Jen Macioce at Milestone Centers for more information
The Behavioral Health Task Force for Persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing
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Mental Health First Aid
** Taught in ASL **

Wednesday & Thursday, May 13th and 14th
9:30 am – 2:30 pm lunch provided
South Avenue United Methodist Church
733 South Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221

There is no cost for this training due to the generous support of Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. Space is limited-if interested please contact Jennifer Macioce at 412-473-8059 (voice) or


Learning Objectives for Mental Health First Aid

(8 Hour Course)

Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Mental Health First Aid certification provides trainees with:

  • Knowledge of the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  • Working knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.


Target audience: Pennsylvania State Registered Hearing and Deaf interpreters who want to further enhance their interpreting skills and knowledge in the mental health and substance abuse settings


PARID is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for 0.8 CEUs in general studies. Participants should have little/no or some knowledge of the topic.


For information about the cancellation policy, contact Jennifer Macioce at or voice 412-473-8059


If special accommodations are required, contact Jennifer Macioce at or voice 412-473-8059

If you would like to learn more about this topic or if you have resources to offer, please contact us.

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