We want YOU…to become a MHFA Instructor!

It could not POSSIBLY be August already. Where has the time gone? From all of us here at the Be a Lifeline blog, we hope you have been enjoying this beautiful (albeit fast) Colorado summer as much as we have. Of course, summer isn’t over yet, but we’re already starting to think towards the future. More specifically, YOUR future. Even more specifically, your future as an Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Seriously though, we’re talking to YOU. Do you to make a difference in your community? Do you want to increase education and decrease stigma surrounding mental health? Do you want to be a part of a network of incredible individuals doing exactly that all across Colorado, the US, and the world? If you answered yes to ANY of those questions, please keep reading to learn about how you could become a Mental Health First Aid instructor NEXT WEEK. This is NOT a drill. Read on.


Mental Health First Aid Colorado is excited to announce an additional Instructor Training opportunity this August 10th-14th.  Mental Health First Aid Colorado is pleased to solicit individuals interested in the strategic expansion of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in their communities. MHFA is a groundbreaking, internationally recognized evidence-based training program to help citizens identify mental health and substance abuse problems, connect individuals to care, and safely de-escalate crisis situations if needed. The Adult MHFA course trains adults assisting other adults.

The MHFA Instructor training is held over five days and is taught by two authorized MHFA trainers connected to at least one of the Mental Health First Aid – USA Authorities. Only participants who have been present for the entire 5-day training will be considered for certification as instructors. Unless, a participant is a current Instructor for the Youth MHFA curriculum, they will only be required to attend the first 2.5 days of training to become certified as an Instructor for the Adult MHFA curriculum.

Key Information:
Dates: August 10th-14th
Time: 8:30a-5:00p Monday-Friday
Location: Sungate Kids (Denver Metro)
Cost: $1,500 per participant
Application: All interested parties must submit and complete the application to be considered eligible. Click here to download the application.

This solicitation process was designed to support individuals who have opportunities to reach out to populations (first responders; government; deaf and hard of hearing; criminal justice; schools; at risk populations, etc) in their community and demonstrate a clear commitment to the mission and values of the Mental Health First Aid initiative.  Preference will be given to candidates who have not had the opportunity to receive MHFA/YMHFA Instructor trainings through their organization or association. All individuals will be asked to complete an application (see attached) to ensure they meet National criteria for Instructors.

If you, or individuals from your community, are interested, please contact Tony Barkey at tbarkey@mhfaco.org. or by calling 720-573-3590.

Sincerely,
MHFA Colorado

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