As part of our commitment to enhancing the mental well-being of all. Alliant has implemented a Mental Health Awareness Training Program, utilizing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum. Alliant is providing MHFA trainings to community members across Georgia. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of 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 covers common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Under a three-year grant made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Center for Mental Health Services, Alliant will coordinate with four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), local Community Services Boards, and community stakeholders to ensure quality MHFA training for Georgia residents. The training will be delivered to individuals living in the following 24 counties: Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton, Walton, Barrow, Jackson, Oconee, Morgan, Greene, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Elbert, Madison, Cobb, Douglas, Whitfield, Chattooga, Floyd, Polk, Bartow, Cherokee and Paulding.

Alliant will conduct 130+ training courses, certifying more than 2,600 individuals, over a 33-month period, to members from the following groups:

  • Primary care and specialty physicians
  • Veterans, armed services members, and their families
  • Families and caregivers
  • Parents and caregivers of youth with a serious emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Emergency services personnel and law enforcement
  • Teachers and relevant school personnel
  • Behavioral healthcare workers
  • Faith based organizations and community members

Alliant and its valued community partners would like to share the December Mental Health First Aid training schedule.  These classes are provided at no cost to participants.

Training Date Agency Location Available Spaces
12/3/19


MedLink Georgia

Banks Adult Learning Center
127 Hudson Valley Dr. Homer, GA
15
12/5/2019


Mercy Care
Youth Focused

5134 Peachtree Road Chamblee, GA 8
12/11/2019
Mercy Care
 
5134 Peachtree Rd Chamblee, GA 22
12/13/2019


Oakhurst Medical Centers
Lunch will be provided by the host agency at this event only

5582 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 5
12/19/2019
Four Corners Primary Care Centers
 
5300 Oakbrook Pkwy Norcross, GA 15

If you are interested in attending one of these events, email Mentalhealthfirstaid@allianthealth.org  to reserve your spot.  Please be sure to specify your desired training date. These classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.  (Lunch will be on your own unless otherwise noted).

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of 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 covers common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Additional Resources

Below are behavioral health resources that may be helpful for patients, families and providers.