Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 08:30 AM until 05:00 PM
Location And Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Location Name
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
4300 Boniface Parkway
State / Province
Zip / Postal Code
United States
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

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Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Jill Ramsey, 907-264-6228,


C.E. Credit for Nursing - American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): 8.00
Nursing CEs are being jointly provided by the Alaska Nurses Association and the Alaska Training Cooperative. The Alaska Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CEs will be available for full participation.

Training Overview Description

Most people have heard of First Aid and CPR to address physical distress, but what happens when someone is exhibiting signs of emotional or mental distress?

The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) is providing the community with a groundbreaking public education program Mental Health First Aid that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive eight-hour course funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority that teaches participants about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and provides an overview of treatment resources and options.

In this training, Mental Health First Aid trainees are taught how to practice and respond appropriately to mental health problems in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help arrives.

Not only does this program save lives, but also published research studies indicate this program improves the mental health of those in the program itself by expanding the public's knowledge of mental illness.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit

Event-specific Details

Class contact:
Jill Ramsey

Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
Chronic Alcoholism and Other Substance Related Disorders
Statewide Employment Services Training
Traumatic Brain Injury
All Public Safety
All Housing
All Health Care
All Education K-12 & Postsecondary faculty, staff, and students
All Direct Support Services/Care Givers
All Developmental Disabilities
All Child Welfare
All Behavioral Health / Social
All Administrative Support Services
All Senior Services
All Substance Abuse
All Tribal Services/Tribal Government

Registration Information

Must attend entire training in order to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. Certifications are for 3 years.

AKTC Refund Policy: To receive a full refund of the registration fee, a cancellation notice must be given two working days (48 hours) prior to the training, conference or event.