Jan 24 2019
Jan 24–25 2019: 8:00am–12:30pm

Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults (2-Day Event)

Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults teaches people without a behavioral health background, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training — which focuses on the unique experiences and needs of adults over the age of 65 — gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.


The course covers:

  • A discussion of life changes that occur in older adults.
  • A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by older adults, such as chronic health conditions.
  • How to discern the difference between talking about death and suicidal ideation.
  • A breakdown of psychosis, dementia and delirium.
  • How to communicate effectively with those who need help while using respectful language.
  • How to combat the stigma around substance-related problems in the older adult population.

Upon completion of the course, participants are certified as Mental Health First Aiders for 3 years. The training is appropriate for family, caretakers, employers, nursing staff and anyone who interacts with older adults.

Training Coordinator

  • Kimberly Lafountain, LMHC
    Behavioral Education Development Specialist, Department of Behavioral Education, Bradley Hospital
    MHFA Certified Instructor


  • Program fee: Grant Funded
    • Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults: $109
  • For group reservations, contact Kim Lafountain, LMHC at 401-606-5759 or email klafountain1@lifespan.org.
  • Online registration closes two days before the event date.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.

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