Education and Trainings

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to educating our community about mental health to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to create a more supportive community for us all.  MHATC staff deliver education programming through Mental Health First Aid Trainings, Mental Health and Wellness 101 Workshops, and other presentations at organizations and classrooms throughout our area.

 

YOU COULD BE THE HELP SOMEONE NEEDS!
GET TRAINED AND GET THE SKILLS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The MHATC Has 2 Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainers on staff
  • The MHATC offers trainings for:
    • Adult Mental Health First Aid
    • Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid (for Adults Assisting Young People)

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID MATTERS.

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of a substance use disorder.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

2019 TRAININGS

All of our community Mental Health First Aid trainings are held in session from 12:30pm-5pm in the Borg Warner Room at the Tompkins County Public Library, located at 101 E. Green St., Ithaca NY, 14850.  For each set of dates, BOTH sessions are required to complete the course.

Adult Mental Health First Aid:

  • Tuesday, 1/22 & Wednesday, 1/23
  • Monday, 2/18 & Tuesday, 2/19
  • Tuesday, 5/21 & Wednesday, 5/22
  • Tuesday, 10/22 & Wednesday, 10/23
  • Tuesday, 11/26 & Wednesday, 11/27

Youth Mental Health First Aid (For Adults Assisting Young People):

  • Tuesday, 4/16 & Wednesday, 4/17
  • Tuesday, 9/17 & Wednesday, 9/18

MHATC’s instructors are also available for on-site trainings at your organization for groups of 10-30 individuals.

For more information, to register or to schedule a training for your organization contact Melanie Little at MLittle@mhaedu.org or 607 273-9250.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health — who certify instructors to deliver the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course in your community.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS 101

Mental Health and Wellness 101 provides participants with a basic knowledge of mental health, wellness and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma. The training presents mental health as a continuum of wellness and an integral part of our overall health, encourages treatment seeking behavior and self-care to manage stress.  Mental Health and Wellness 101 is for everyone – parents and guardians, educators, school staff and administrators, community partners, and anyone looking for a better understanding of mental health and wellness.   MHATC’s trainers are available to come to your organization to provide this 1-hour training to your group upon request.  For more information or to schedule a training, contact Melanie Little at Mlittle@mhaedu.org or 607-273-9250.