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Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is pleased to offer free Mental Health First Aid training through an internationally renowned program by the National Council for Behavioral Health as part of HFA’s 2021 Mental Health and Wellness Initiative.

HFA will be offering four trainings throughout 2021 for bleeding disorders community members ages 18 and over. The training is also intended for the staff of HFA鈥檚 member organizations throughout the country and hemophilia treatment center staff.

The training includes a two-hour pre-work commitment, plus a four- and one-half-hour live session online.聽Participants who complete both sections of the course will receive a Mental Health First Aid certificate indicating they have been trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of common mental health and substance abuse challenges, how to have an effective conversation about those challenges, and where to direct people for mental health care and support.

Participation and certification in MHFA is not meant to replace professional care. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911 or see the聽HFA Resources聽to connect to appropriate care.

Below is a comprehensive list of additional information and a link to apply. Applications for the first cohort are due Monday, April 12. If after reading the FAQ you have additional questions, email Heather Case.

Mental Health First Aid Training FAQ

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally renowned program administered in the United States by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Since its inception in 2008, 2.5 million Americans have participated in the course. The vision of this educational program is to ensure that mental health first aid is just as commonplace as first aid.

Hemophilia Federation of America is dedicated to making mental health and wellness a priority. HFA is offering several opportunities and tools to increase access to education. These include:

HFA is not a direct Mental Health provider. Our role is to connect people to appropriate聽resources and to provide connections and community in the bleeding disorders space.

WHAT DOES THE MHFA TRAINING PROVIDE?

The MHFA training provides participants with knowledge regarding common mental health conditions, how to identify when someone is struggling emotionally and how to communicate with someone in despair. In addition to this, the curriculum provides training on suicide prevention and information on national mental health resources for care and support.

HOW IS THE MHFA TRAINING BEING OFFERED AT HFA?

HFA is offering four MHFA trainings in 2021. The aim is to create trained MHFA ambassadors across the country who can serve to support and assist local community members who may be struggling with Mental Health concerns.

People who are trained in MHFA are not meant to replace professional care, they are only meant to assess, listen and stay with someone until professional help arrives or appropriate resources can be found.

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE HFA MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAININGS?

HFA is committed to offering four training opportunities in 2021.

  • April 24, 2021: The first cohort is open to 20 people. Application deadline: April 12, 2021.
  • June 26, 2021: The second cohort is open to 30 people.
  • Sept. 18 or 25, 2021: The third cohort is open to 30 people.
  • Nov. 13, 2021: The fourth cohort is open to 30 people.

All cohorts meet from 1 to 5:30 p.m. ET/noon to 4:30 p.m. CT/11 to 3:30 p.m. MT/10 to 2:30 p.m. PT
*Dates for the June, September and November are tentative.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE MHFA TRAINING?

Once accepted into the program, you will receive a registration link directly to the MHFA Training. After registering, you will receive access to a two-hour, self-paced pre-work training. This pre-work must be completed prior to the online, live MHFA session. The online, live MHFA session will last 4.5 hours. Participants must commit to both the pre- work and the online live session in order to participate. If participants do not complete both the pre-work and the online live session, a MHFA certification will not be issued.

WHO CAN APPLY?

You must be 18 years or older to apply. The MHFA training is open to anyone in the bleeding disorder community 鈥 patients, caregivers, hemophilia treatment center staff, member organization staff, etc. Participants must commit to both the pre-work and the online live session in order to participate. If participants do not complete both the pre-work and the online live session, a MHFA certification will not be issued.

IS THERE A COST TO PARTICIPATE?

There is no cost to participants or Member Organizations to participate.

WHO WILL FACILITATE THE PROGRAM?

Debbie de la Riva, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, mother of a son with severe hemophilia and long-time bleeding disorders community member. Debbie will be the lead facilitator in all four cohorts. For the second through fourth cohorts, Debbie will be joined by another MHFA trained instructor. The MHFA program requires two instructors for sessions with 21 to 30 attendees.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Before applying, please ensure you are able to meet the time commitment and give consideration to your motivation to apply. (You will be asked to share your motivation as part of the application process.) Please keep in mind you may not be selected for the first cohort and may be waitlisted for another cohort. Every effort will be made to offer trainings to a wide mix of community members and backgrounds.

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