The first round of Instructor Training for Mental Health First Aid was completedin Tucson and our efforts are already paying huge dividends. 23 new trainers graduated from the intensive 5-day training program and are now certified Mental Health First Aid Instructors! The new trainers include peers, family members, behavioral health providers, T/RBHA staff, Pima Community College and Cochise College employees, community health center providers, a faith-based leader, and a person from the Veteran’s Administration system. We’re scheduling 2 more of these 5-day Instructor Training courses for the coming months and dozens of the 12-hour community training classes as well. Our goal is to get thousands of Arizonans trained to:
- assess a situation;
- select and implement appropriate interventions; and
- help a person in crisis or who may be developing the signs and symptoms of mental illness.