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Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid

Do you realize that you’re more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  Mental health disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined.

What if a program was introduced that will prevent a major disruption to a person’s work and family life or the need to be hospitalized? 

What if individuals that encounter depression and anxiety disorders could be helped sooner rather than suffering for long periods without treatment?  The number of lost days at work and the economic burden would be significantly reduced.  Nationwide, untreated mental health disorders cost $79 billion in lost productivity every year.

Some additional facts to consider… over 1 in 5 people in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties presently seeks help for mental health services… suicide rates are rising… growing prescription drug abuse problem related to a range of concerns… domestic violence rates in Vermont are at an all-time high… all of these and more have resulted in demand for support being greater than the resources to meet the needs.


This chart will be updated with any new course information:










Introduction and Overview



Module 1

Depression & Suicide



Module 2

Anxiety Disorders



Module 3




Module 4

Substance Use Disorders



Module 5

Children’s Disorders









The training modules include:

Introduction and Overview to Mental Health First Aid:


Have you ever thought of becoming a Mental Health First Aider?  Come learn about how this program will change the way you look at individuals who are dealing with mental health struggles such as, depression and anxiety disorders.


Depression & Suicide:

The word depression is used in many different ways.  We all may have a short-term depressed mood, but we cope and soon recover without treatment.  But a major depressive disorder lasts for at least two weeks and affects a person’s ability to work, to carry out usual daily activities, and to have satisfying personal relationships.


Anxiety Disorders:

Everyone experiences anxiety at some time – anxiety can be quite useful in helping a person to avoid dangerous situations and motivate the solving of everyday problems.  Anxiety can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to a terrifying panic attack.  You’ll learn the different types and symptoms of how an anxiety disorder differs from normal anxiety.



Psychosis is a general term used to describe a mental health problem in which a person has lost some contact with reality, resulting in severe disturbances in thinking, emotion, and behavior.  Psychosis can severely disrupt a person’s relationships, work, and usual activities.  Although less common than other mental disorders there are numerous disorders in which a person can experience psychosis.


Substance Use Disorders:

Different substances affect the brain in different ways.  People use substances because of these effects, which include increasing feelings of pleasure or decreasing feelings of distress.  Substance use disorders include abuse of alcohol or other drugs which leads to work, school, home, health, or legal problems or dependence on alcohol or other drugs. 


Children’s Disorders:

Childhood is a time of rapid changes of physical and emotional development.  This can also be a very stressful time while building relationships, self- esteem and a sense of identity.  Learn the signs to look for in children who struggle with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. 



Click here for the course application.

Program Charge: $100 for series, $50 for Franklin and Grand Isle County residents, of 6 MHFA modules includes the cost of materials.

Certification: Participants will receive certificates as Mental Health First Aiders.

Program Size: Minimum 12; Limited to 20

Pre-registration Required: For more information about the program contact Meredith Vaughn at 393-6406 or  

Location: NCSS Main Office, 107 Fisher Pond Road, Main Conference Room


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