Mental Health First Aid for Adults: Legal Community
Mental Health and Behavioral Health
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an eight-hour course that gives non-behavioral health specialists the skills to help someone who is in emotional crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness or emotional stress.
The criminal justice system, in particular, is being challenged with record numbers of individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders. MHFA is a tool useful to attorneys, judges, court employees, mediators, paralegals, victim advocates, Court Appointed Special Advocates, legal practice professionals, volunteers or anyone in the legal community. Upon completion of the course, participants are certified as Mental Health First Aiders for 3 years.