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Alexandria Offering Mental Health First Aid Training Class | News Release | City of Alexandria

On February 22 and 23, Alexandria adults can complete an eight-hour course (two parts) for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, allowing participants to earn the three-year certification. MHFA demonstrates the initial help given to a person showing signs of mental illness or a mental health crisis.

The course teaches risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders; the effects of the illnesses and an overview of treatments; and a five-step action plan for helping someone with symptoms.

This training does not prepare someone to diagnose or provide treatment. It is designed to help paraprofessionals and laypersons provide support until an individual is linked to professional resources. MHFA is not recommended for licensed mental health providers.

Registration is open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. Visit alexandriava.gov/DCHS to register. To learn more about MHFA, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email Maurice Tomdio at maurice.tomdio@alexandriava.gov or call 571.384.5244.

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