2017 Fall Safety & Loss Control Workshops: Mental Health First Aid

Creating connections with many people in your community can be one of the benefits of working for local government. But do you know how you would help someone if they were experiencing a mental health crisis? Are you able to recognize the warning signs when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis?

Media box image for fall workshops.Discover the answers to those questions, learn about tools you can use, and more during Mental Health First Aid—a workshop for local government employees from cities, counties, school boards, and townships. During this workshop, you'll create partnerships with other community leaders as you discover ways to help with this growing issue.

Mental Health First Aid is a hands-on, eight-hour training that uses role-playing and simulations to help you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Topics covered include:

  • How to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Strategies that will allow you to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Where to find help—including professional, peer, and self-help care
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • Ways to identify common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses, including anxiety, depression, substance use, and more

You will also learn a five-step action plan, ALGEE, that you can use to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Bonus! Learn more about what this workshop can do from you straight from one of the Fairview instructors. Read more on the City Spot blog.

Audience: This workshop is designed for all public employees who frequently work with community members, especially city clerks/administrators, librarians, municipal liquor store employees, and those newer to law enforcement.

Fee: $15 (includes lunch)

Please note: Seating is very limited—you may register up to three participants from your city/entity.

Presentation Information: This workshop will be presented by Fairview's certified Mental Health First Aid instructors. Improving the health of the communities they serve is the cornerstone of Fairview Health Services non-profit mission. To better understand the needs of those communities, in 2015 Fairview conducted Community Health Needs Assessments for all six Fairview hospitals. Results of these assessments showed that concerns about mental health and well-being topped the list of prioritized community health needs at all six hospitals. Their commitment to the Mental Health First Aid program is one way they are responding to our local communities in response to these concerns.

Dates, Times, & Locations:

  • Oct. 26—Stewartville (view agenda)
    8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    120 City Center (view map)
    Corner of Highways 30 & 63
    Stewartville, MN 55976
    Please note: Online registration for this location is now closed. Contact Chris White (right) to register.

This workshop is being done in partnership with Fairview Health Services and the Fairview Foundation.