Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

May 9, 2022

This is a private online course and registrations are not being accepted.


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. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Educational Need

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack — we’d start CPR or call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or showing signs of alcoholism. 

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis. It takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health or substance use by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential issue.

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Peer-reviewed studies have been conducted around the world and show that individuals trained in the program:

  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health or substance use challenge.
  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness themselves.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. 
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 5.25 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/09/2022 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
05/09/2022 - 2:30pm CDT
8:30 amSEGMENT 1: Welcome to Mental Health First Aid
8:35 amBreak
8:40 amSEGMENT 2: MHFA Self-Paced Introduction Recap
9:05 amBreak
9:10 amSEGMENT 3: ALGEE: Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
10:10 amBreak
10:15 amSEGMENT 4: MHFA for Early Signs and Symptoms
10:45 amBreak
10:50 amSEGMENT 5: MHFA for Worsening Signs and Symptoms
11:20 amLunch
11:50 amSEGMENT 6: MHFA for Crisis Situations
2:00 pmBreak
2:05 pmSEGMENT 7: Self-Care for the Mental Health First Aider
2:30 pmAdjourn

Jason D. Haglund, MS, CADC
Founder & Senior Consultant, Haglund Consulting, LLC

Jason Haglund provides behavioral health subject matter expertise, public policy analysis, and executive coaching based in Story City, Iowa. Haglund brings with him over 20 years of experience leading, managing and navigating the behavioral healthcare system in numerous leadership and consultative roles. Haglund provides supportive consultation guiding others through challenging systems and policy requirements. In addition, Haglund understands the uniqueness of rural Iowa and, as a seasoned public speaker, draws upon the lessons he has learned from his own multigenerational family farm. 

As co-owner of Boone County based Hickory Grove Family Farm, Haglund is the 5th generation to continue the family farming tradition. Keeping up with the constant evolving pace of science, technology, and management of uncertainty can be overwhelming. Haglund understands first hand juggling all of this is required to own and operate a technology informed, financially viable, sustainable family business. This unique perspective affords Haglund to lead engaging, relatable discussions on topics such as stress management, emotional wellness, public policy, and burnout.

Accreditation Statements

  • Nursing: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.25 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • All other attendees: Certificates of attendance will be available for a maximum of 5.25 continuing education contact hour(s).


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 5.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 5.25 IBON


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This is a private online course and registrations are not being accepted.