Mental Health First Aid
Military Mental Health First Aid
While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some service members may experience mental health or substance use challenges. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women, with many experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. Sadly, less than 50 percent of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 20 veterans die by suicide every day.
Date: January 9, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Location: The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easter Seals
1420 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: There is no fee for this Military Mental Health First Aid training.
Parking: Public parking is available at the Montgomery County Cameron and Second Street Garage at 8530 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The Garage is .01 miles away from Easterseals and the full day costs about $6.00.
Metro: Red Line – Silver Spring Metro
Walk .7 miles/ Approx. 15 minutes
Individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:
- Break down the stigma associated with mental illness like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders
- Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help
- Let veterans know that support is available in their community
- Provide community resource information
- Make mental healthcare and treatment accessible to thousands in need
What you learn:
- Key components of the module for military members, veterans and their families include:
- A discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health
- A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as trauma, both mental and physical, stress, separation, etc.
- Applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service members, their families and those that support them
- A review of common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who support them