Mental Health Literacy Program certifies more than 27 instructors

Published 01/22/2015

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LEAGUE CITY, Texas -- Clear Creek ISD is pleased to add 23 new instructors from the state of Texas, and one each from Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia and Michigan to the Mental Health First Aid™ team after a training session held January 5-9 at Clear View High School.

We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid™ to our communities throughout the state,” says Suzanne Thomas, Director of Student Personnel Services at Clear Creek ISD. “Most people know how to recognize and appropriately react to medical emergencies, but there is little knowledge in the general public about what to do in a mental health crisis.”

Mental Health First Aid™ is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The new instructors are certified to teach the 8-hour program to a variety of audiences, ranging from parents to classroom teachers and administrators.

The instructor certification training was conducted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, who manages the program across the US along with the states of Maryland and Missouri. “We’re enthused to welcome Clear Creek ISD as our newest partner in extending mental health first aid across the country” says Linda Rosenberg, MSW, president and CEO of the National Council. “We anticipate the new instructors will have a great impact on the mental health communities throughout Texas and Clear Creek ISD and will be key players in improving mental health literacy nationwide.”

The new instructors join more than 3,700 U.S. instructors already certified by MHFA-USA as instructors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices, studies show that training in Mental Health First Aid™ builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy – being able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.