ABSTRACT - Executive Summary: The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) will expand and improve a county-wide, mental health first aid training campaign. The project will reduce stigma and increase awareness of mental health disorders while creating a large group of community members who are trained to identify and address mental health disorders among individuals in their communities.
Project Name: Lake County Mental Health First Aid
Population to Be Served: The project will train community members including law enforcement, teachers, coaches, faith community leaders, military members/veterans and mental health/related workforce professionals. These trainees will use mental health first aid skills to identify and address mental health issues in their communities including referring individuals to mental health services. The project will serve individuals throughout Lake County.
-Demographic: The project will target diverse populations including, in particular, Hispanic and African-American populations.
-Clinical: This is not a clinical project. LCHD/CHC is a provider of behavioral health services, though, and individuals referred to LCHD/CHC by mental health first aid trainees will receive evidence-based behavioral health treatment.
Strategies/Interventions: The Lake County Mental Health First Aid project will take a train-the-trainer approach to creating a broad network of mental health first aid trainees. A total of 90 individuals will be trained as trainers in three years. These trainers will then be expected to provide at least three workshops in their communities. Utilization of mental health first aid tactics and referrals to mental health services will be tracked via monthly reporting by trainees.
Project Goals/ Measurable Objectives: The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) project has four measurable objectives for the project: Goal 1: Recruit 90 individuals to serve as MHFA trainers (30 per year); Goal 2: Train at least 250 people from the mental health workforce in MHFA (50 in year 1, 100 in years 2 and 3); Goal 3: Train at least 2,000 community members in MHFA (400 in year 1, 800 in years 2 and 3); Goal 4: Identity at least 1,750 referrals that were made to mental health services by individuals who received mental health first aid training (250 in year one, 750 in years 2 and 3).
Mental Health First Aid Participant goals: By year 3, LCHD/CHC aims to train a total of 2,250 community members in mental health first aid. These individuals will refer at least 1,750 individuals to mental health services.