‘Mental Health First Aid’ class created in response to community needs in Florida

June 19, 2019

Originally posted on Mayo Clinic News Center.

Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus offers a course to provide people with the skills to recognize and respond to someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. The course is free and offers certification similar to CPR training.

Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus is leading the effort to provide people with better access to mental health care through the Mental Health First Aid Initiative in Jacksonville. The Florida campus offers a course to provide the Jacksonville community with the skills to recognize and respond to someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Mental Health First Aid course is free and offers certification similar to CPR training. The eight-hour course was created by the National Council on Behavioral Health.

A Community Health Needs Assessment survey conducted by the Jacksonville Nonprofit Hospital Partnership revealed that one of the community’s greatest needs was better access to mental health care. Mayo Clinic is a member of the partnership.

The Community Health Needs Assessment is conducted every three years to identify the community’s greatest health needs and improve the quality of life for the affected population.