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3-22-2024, 3-29-2024 Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Certification


Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Certification

Friday, March 22 and March 29, 2024
12:00-3:00 PM (IN PERSON ONLY, NO Zoom link)
at First Literacy

160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 (across from the Boston Common)

Attendance will be limited to 25. 
Please note: By registering for this workshop you are committing to both sessions. Thank you!

In order to finish registering for this workshop, please make sure to follow the payment instructions on the bottom of the website.
If you do not submit payment of $23.95, your registration will be cancelled within 24 hours. (Please note there is 2 hours of pre-work to be finished before March 22)

Workshop Description:
Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized training program that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides instruction in the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. 

Workshop Learning Objectives - Participants will be taught to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Use the 5-step ALGEE action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities,
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery,
  • Assess their own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.


Emile "Mike" Boutin, EdD, ACC, is Assistant Dean for Faculty and Student Success in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In his role as Assistant Dean, he coordinates and provides student support dealing with issues of stress, time management, study skills, group and team work, and development of soft skills. He collaborates with faculty around a host of student issues. Mike is an ICF-certified ACC-level executive coach. Mike is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, training faculty and students in the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and how to respond.

Luella Benn currently serves as Director of Accessibility Resources and Wellness at MGH Institute of Health Professions. A first generation college student; her career has focused on supporting students through challenges and advocating for equitable access in both K-12 and higher education settings. As a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor Luella strives to empower others to build their own resiliency and capacity to support one another.

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