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

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Texas Public Library Staff – Adult and Youth Sessions Begin March 3

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD) to provide free Mental Health First Aid training for Texas library staff, board members, and volunteers. Training sessions begin March 3 and currently run through April 30, 2020. Registration is now open.

Just as CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) can help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Why is MHFA important?
Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.

Who should take MHFA?
Anyone who wants to help someone in crisis. Texas public library staff can make a difference in the lives of library patrons and coworkers by taking MHFA.

Those who regularly interact with adults should take Mental Health First Aid for Adults. Those who regularly interact with youth should take Youth Mental Health First Aid. Those who regularly interact with both groups should consider taking both classes.

What will you learn by taking MHFA?

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach people 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 anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

For more information and to register, please visit: Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries.

Questions? Please contact ld@tsl.texas.gov or please call Naomi DiTullio at 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).