While less than 1% of percent of our nation’s population serves in uniform today, there are an estimated 22.7 million Veterans of all eras who live in communities across the United States. In addition to the impact of Military service on the individual, each Service Member and Veteran likely has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their Military service.
After 9/11, there was a significant increase in the deployment of National Guard Members and Reservists, with many having deployed multiple times and then returning to their home communities. In fact, there are only a handful of counties in the United States that have not deployed a Member of the National Guard or Reserves since 9/11; therefore, the importance of supporting Service Members, Veterans, and their families truly touches every community across the country.
While Military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some may experience mental health issues which require support. Service Members and Veterans of all eras may have suffered the wounds of war, both visible and invisible, and the Military and Veteran suicide rates have increased significantly over the past several years. It is essential that our communities be prepared to identify and support these men and women who have served our country. MHFA is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about mental health and substance use issues and to decrease the stigma associated with these issues.
The MHFA supplement is designed to build upon the effectiveness of the standard MHFA curriculum by focusing on the unique experiences and needs of the Military, Veteran, and family population. A targeted effort to identify MHFA instructors who have the background and interest in serving the Military and Veteran population within their communities is a way to enhance community capacity around behavioral health issues for this population.
Mental Health First Aid Training $125.00
COA Member Volunteer $50.00 COA Member Volunteer Scholarship available Click Here for Application
EVENING CLASS – 10 HOURS
Module 1 – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Module 2 – Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm