A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals
In November 2015, First Lady Chirlane McCray launched ThriveNYC, a decisive turning point in the way New York City approaches mental health and substance misuse. ThriveNYC is a roadmap designed to begin changing the way people think about mental health and the way City government and its many partners deliver services. With 54 initiatives backed by an $850 million investment over four years, it is the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation.
Through ThriveNYC, 250,000 New Yorkers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) over five years (through December 2020); Workforce Institute has been tasked with training 3600 of these learners. MHFA educates people on how to help friends, family members, and co-workers who may be suffering from a mental health condition. It also helps to reduce biases against mental illness and allows people to more comfortably engage with mental health issues.
MHFA is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
This program is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in child welfare and juvenile justice.
There are no prerequisites required to take this course.
Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:
Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.
There are no CEUs associated with this course.