What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a public education course that trains adults to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and addiction in other adults and youth. The eight-hour course is taught by Frontier Behavioral Health’s nationally-certified instructors. In the course, participants learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders.
  • Steps to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is in crisis.
  • How to assist someone in obtaining help.

 Course Format

  • The course is from 8-5 p.m. Participants must complete the course to receive a certificate valid for three years.
  • This is an interactive course with discussion topics, role-playing, and simulation exercises.
  • Training is held at Frontier Behavioral Health’s Hulskamp Building at 103 E. First Ave.
  • Class size is limited to 25 participants.
  • Please dress in layers so you will be comfortable with the temperature in the training room.
  • A non-refundable fee of $25 per participant includes a training manual and lunch
  • Registration is guaranteed once payment is received

How do I register?

For dates of upcoming classes at Frontier Behavioral Health call Tracy Duncan at 509.458.7453 or email tduncan@fbhwa.org.

Instructors:

My name is Aileen Hetrick. I have been with FBH since 2011, currently serving as a clinical supervisor working with adults, children and families in clinical, home and community settings. I have worked with children and families since 2004 across our systems of care, earning a master’s degree in social work in 2012 and endorsement as a Child Mental Health Specialist in 2013. My goal with Mental Health First Aid is to increase our community awareness and responsiveness to individuals with mental health needs and to be able to bring bubbles and yoga exercises to every training exercise.

 

 

My name is Sydney Lindgren. I have been working in the mental health field since 2010. I have a master’s degree in mental health counseling and an Addictions Studies Certificate from Eastern Washington University. I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington since 2013 and a National Board Certified Counselor since 2011. I currently supervise a team of mental health professionals who work with adults with chronic and persistent mental health problems. In addition to Mental Health First Aid, I’ve also provided training on mental health problems and appropriate services and interventions to FBH employees and the local community.

 

My name is Chris M. Smith. I have been with FBH since 2008. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, and an endorsement as a Child Mental Health Specialist. I currently serve as a clinical supervisor with the Mobile Community Assertive Treatment team, which provides crisis services to adults, children and families throughout Spokane County. It is my goal to increase our community’s awareness and responsiveness to individuals with mental health needs.

 

 

My name is Aly Gibson. I have been working in community mental health since 2010. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington and am recognized as a Child Mental Health Specialist. I have worked in school-based mental health with youth ranging from 5-18 years of age. I currently serve as an intake clinician. My goal with Mental Health First Aid is to provide education and advocacy to reduce the stigma of mental health and substance use disorders and emphasize hope as a crucial component of the recovery process.