Mental Health First Aid Training Scholarships

Mental Health First AidWomen who have experienced or are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are at the heart of everything Postpartum Progress Inc. does as an organization. We hear, time and time again, that after sharing stories about your personal experiences with PPD and related illnesses, women in your communities turn to you as sources of support. You are often faced with questions about diagnoses and treatments. You are asked to listen to the stories of new moms who are struggling, and to take on roles as mentors and friends. You are asked for help finding providers. For years, you’ve been telling us you’re concerned about knowing the best way to respond to those who need help.

Well, we’ve heard you!

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health. This project will allow Postpartum Progress to provide scholarships for Mental Health First Aid Training to 100 Warrior Mom volunteers and Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification to 5 Warrior Mom volunteers from across the United States in 2015 and 2016. This basic training will form the foundation of future Warrior Mom trainings and peer-to-peer support education.

What is Mental Health First Aid Training?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour class, coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Classes are taught throughout the United States by independent, certified instructors and teach participants how to help someone who is experiencing an ongoing mental health problem or crisis.

What Will I Learn?

The 4 key areas of instruction focus on:

  • Signs of addictions and mental illnesses
  • Impact of mental and substance use disorders
  • 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help
  • Local resources and where to turn for help

What Does the Scholarship Cover?

The program will provide scholarships on two levels:

  • Mental Health First Aid Training – 100 participants will receive reimbursement for any course registration fee (many classes can be found for free!) as well as any parking and meal costs incurred, up to $100 in total.
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training – The $2,000 instructor training cost will be covered for 5 participants, with travel or lodging and meals reimbursed up to $1,000 for each. (Note: Instructors will be committing to organizing and teaching 3 MHFA classes in their own communities throughout 2016)

How will the program work?

  • Participants will work with our Education and Training Project Manager to locate and register for classes near them in 2015 and 2016. Upon written confirmation of attendance, Postpartum Progress will reimburse any registration fee, and will reimburse parking and meal costs based on submitted receipts.
  • Following their class, each participant will have an exit interview with Postpartum Progress, and will check in 6 and 12 months after their training. We want to know how it has impacted you and the Warrior Moms you are helping!
  • Additionally, Mental Health First Aid Instructors will work with the Project Manager throughout 2016 to organize, schedule, and teach 3 MHFA classes in their local communities.

I’m already looking for how I can participate. How can I apply for a Mental Health First Aid training scholarship?

  • NOTE: Applications are now closed for the 2015/2016 Mental Health First Aid training scholarships. To get on a mailing list for notifications should applications reopen or new scholarships become available, please email education@postpartumprogress.org. 
  • Participants will be announced on October 12, 2015, with course selection and registration to begin October 19, 2015.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • Scholarships are open PMAD survivors, advocates, and members of the Postpartum Progress community.
  • Participation in Climb Out of the Darkness® or the Warrior Mom™ Conference is not required but will factor into participant selection.
  • Though we love our international Warrior Moms (and we do!), we are only able to offer scholarships for trainings in the US for now.

 

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