Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers

Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD), in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is offering free online classes in Adult and Youth (Adults Assisting Youth) Mental Health First Aid for the next five months for Texas public library workers, Texas public library board members, and Texas public library volunteers.

Ten classes will be offered for three of those months, eleven classes will be offered one of those months, and one month will offer twelve classes. Each month will include one evening class and one Saturday class for maximum flexibility.

We hope that you will take advantage of this important and timely training opportunity.

What is Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an early intervention tool an adult can use to help connect another adult or youth who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge to appropriate treatments and supports. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) can give library workers the tools they need to provide this type of assistance to friends and family members, fellow library workers, and library patrons. Library workers will learn:

  • To identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • A five-step action plan to help someone in need
  • About the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and drug and alcohol use
  • About local professional and self-help resources

These classes contain newly updated curriculum including expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care, as well as the impacts of social media and bullying (in the Youth class).

How will these classes work?

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 5.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 4.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

Library workers who regularly interact with both youth and adults are encouraged to take both classes.

More information, including the links to register, may be found at our Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries page.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas)
nditullio@tsl.texas.gov

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