The Texas Wesleyan University Community Counseling Clinic is holding a free course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Lou’s Place on the Texas Wesleyan campus, to help prepare teachers, professors, and other community leaders in mental health emergencies. The clinic is presented by MHMR of Tarrant County.
The Mental Health First Aid course is targeted to those closely working with children and teens and is free. It will cover topics including depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders.
The course is good for six continuing education units for licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and social workers.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
This course will help you react correctly in situations including panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, acute psychosis, overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, and reaction to a traumatic event. The course will present the opportunity to practice -- through role plays, scenarios and activities -- and make it easier to apply these skills in real life situations.