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Prepare Your Staff

Mental
Health
First Aid

Learn the ins and outs of mental health treatment for your outdoor organization.

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Why Mental Health First Aid?

Prepare for the unexpected mental health challenges with this hands-on introduction to mental health crisis management. Sample elements of mental health first aid include:

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Knowledge

Your staff will have the knowledge and skills to support someone struggling with their mental health or in crisis that occurs in an outdoor setting

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Skills

Increased confidence in staff ability and likelihood to help an individual in distress. Increased comfort in their ability to identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with mental illness and  Improved mental wellness for themselves.

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Intervention

Staff will be able to spot the signs of a range of mental illnesses and support the person to get the help they need, using a clear and defined step by step process.

Our Clients

Outdoor Organizations

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Camps and Retreat Centers

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About the Course

After completion of our mental health first aid training in Towson, Monkton, or Owings Mills, your staff will have the knowledge and skills to support someone struggling with their mental health or in crisis that occurs in an outdoor setting . They will be able to spot the signs of a range of mental illnesses and support the person to get the help they need, using a clear and defined step by step process. Learning objectives from our mental health first aid training in Towson, Monkton, and Owings Mills include: Increased knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental health challenges, Increased confidence in their ability and likelihood to help an individual in distress, Increased comfort in their ability to identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with mental illness and  Improved mental wellness for themselves. This workshop will include the creation of  a psychological first aid kit or a plan that, and incorporate practices that are known to support and mitigate traumatic stress in real time.


Cost for our mental health first aid training in Towson, Monkton, and Owings Mills depends on the desired length of training and number of participants

Course Details

Prepare for the unexpected mental health challenges with this hands-on introduction to mental health crisis management taught over one or two days. Sample elements of mental health first are include: 

  • Non-intrusive, practical care and support 

  • Assessing needs and concerns 

  • Helping people to address basic needs 

  • Listening, but not pressuring people to talk 

  • Comforting people and helping them to feel calm 

  • Helping people connect to information, services and social supports 

  • Protecting people from further harm & helping them feel safe

Who: This is designed for individuals or organization that take people into the outdoors on short trips, work at nature camps, facilitate outdoor activities or lead wilderness experiences with a group of people of all ages. No prior knowledge of mental health treatment is necessary. 

Content: Participants will learn how to assess for mental health issues, provide effective crisis interventions for common emotional disturbances.  

How: Participants will alternate between lecture and outdoor field experiences. The course format involves practical scenarios, case studies and skill practice. The course can be adapted to an online format if needed.

 

Curriculum: Our curriculum has been developed by PhD & Master’s level licensed mental health professionals and experts in wilderness therapy.

Agenda Topics: 

  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

  • Conflict de-escalation 

  • Anxiety / Panic reactions 

  • Trauma / Grief 

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidality 

  • Substance Abuse 



 

Outline for 1-day seminar (6.5 hours):

  1. Why Mental Health First Aid (1.5 hours)

    1. Mental Health Action Plan 

    2. Prevalent mental health problems  

    3. Warning signs 

      1. Depression

      2. Anxiety 

      3. Substance Use

 

  1. First Aid for Mental Health Crisis from a Nature Informed Lens (2 hours) 

    1. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

    2. Suicidal thoughts

    3. Self-harm

    4. Panic Attacks

    5. Trauma

    6. Acute Psychosis

    7. Substance Abuse 

    8. Aggression & Conflict

    9. Bereavement 

    10. Attention Deficient 

 

  1. Intervention Practical (3 hours) 

    1. Mental Health First Aid Action Plan 

    2. Presentation of cases and small group discussion

    3. Intense scenario work 

    4. Nature informed interventions 

    5. Connecting with resources & additional support