Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack.
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 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 are encouraged to take 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. Note: this training has been recently updated to include expanded content on trauma, addiction and self care.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults (age 18 or older) how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 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. Note: this training has been recently updated to include expanded content on trauma, addiction and self care and the impact of social media and bullying.
Audience: Texas public library workers (and their board members and volunteers)
Cost: Free courtesy of a grant to Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Schedule: Varies -- please see details below and note class type (adult or youth). You are welcome to take both types.
CE Credit: Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be able to download a completion certificate from the National Council of Behavioral Health. This certificate will list 6 hours of CE credit for Adult MHFA and 5.5 hours of CE Credit for Youth MHFA.
- These classes are completely virtual (online).
- Participants will complete a two-hour self-paced online course within the National Council for Behavioral Health's learning management system preferably before attending the virtual instructor-led class (using the Zoom web conferencing platform).
- Audio and video capabilities are required in order to participate.
- If you need special accommodations, please contact the TSLAC Library Development & Networking Division.
- We need a minimum of 7 participants and can have a maximum of 20 participants in each virtual class. Registration cut-off dates are listed within the Eventbrite registration system. If a class does not "make", registrants will be notified via email on or shortly after the cutoff date.
Registration and completion details:
- Please register by visiting the registration link associated with the virtual instructor-led class you would like to take below and note that the registration password is Recovery.
- While we understand that emergencies happen, please make every effort to attend a class once you have registered.
- Each person who registers must register with their own unique email address and must be prepared to monitor their email account for messages related to the class.
- At least two days before your scheduled virtual instructor-led class, you will receive emailed instructions with details on how to access the Mental Health First Aid learning management system and complete the two-hour self-paced online course. The self-paced online course allows you to start and stop work as needed and you will have access to two phone numbers in case you need help. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder when searching for the email with the self-paced course instructions and contact us if you do not receive it. Please do not alter your plans to attend the live class even if you have not completed the self-paced online course. We will work with you to ensure additional time for the self-paced course if needed.
- A link to your instructor-led class to be held in Zoom will be provided once you have completed the self-paced course. It will also be emailed to you the day before the instructor-led class.
- At the conclusion of the instructor-led class, you will be provided with instructions on how to complete the final steps necessary to download your completion certificate.
For more information or assistance contact:
Distance Learning Consultant
800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas)
All times are in Central Time.