Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults is designed to address the specific mental health and substance disorders common in the aging population. By 2030, adults over the age of 65 will account for nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. In older adults, symptoms such as apathy, sleep disturbances and appetite changes can be attributed to physical health conditions, dementias or even as a normal part of the aging process.
As a caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one. The MHFA training will also teach caregivers the techniques necessary to support a person experiencing a mental health crisis and give them the knowledge of how to get help during the crisis.
This is an 8-hour certification course.Often a spouse, partner or family member does the majority of caregiving of older adults. As a direct service provider or caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one over 65.
Must register in advance and attend entire course to receive 3-year certification. Registration closes on February 5.
Training materials will be available after registration and payment have been processed at https://ttclms.remote-learner.net/. Login in with the same username and password used to register for the training. (Please wait 15 minutes after completing payment to access the remote learner site)