Behavioral Health Services in Northwest Arkansas

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that  helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is a highly interactive 8-12-hour taught over 1-2 days to small groups.

You will learn

  • The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and their emotional and economic cost.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Mental Health First Aid has been rigorously evaluated and
is proven to reduce stigma connected to mental illnesses.
This program can reduce the damaging effects of mental
and emotional disorders such as job loss, school dropouts,
relationship issues, and drug and alcohol problems.

Myths and Facts

Myth: Mental illness is something that only affects others and not us, our family, or our friends.

Fact: An estimated 1 in 4 Americans have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental health crises occur frequently in your workplace, church, family, school, and community.

Myth: Mental illness has no real impact on society.

Fact: Mental illness accounts for 15% of the total economic burden of all disease in the U.S. Untreated mental disorders cost $79 billion in lost productivity every year.

Myth: Mental illness is not that serious, people get over it. 

Fact: Medical experts rate mental disorders among the most impactful illnesses. Mental illnesses interfere with a person's ability to go to school, work, care for himself or herself, and form relationships.  

Upcoming Classes

The upcoming classes will be held at
Perspectives Behavioral Health Management
1340 S. Waldron Road
Fort Smith, AR 72903

  • Class Number 1: Adult Focused - May 19, 2017
  • Class Number 2: Youth Focused - July 14, 2017
  • Class Number 3: Adult Focused - November 3, 2017

All classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

To register, please mail the completed registration form and a check for $50.  This will cover the cost of the manuals and other materials, snacks, your three year certification and 12 hours of continuing education.  Please provide your continuing education needs and the organization that governs your licensure so that we can make sure that we have completed the necessary paperwork with the stated organization. Instructors for these classes will be Darin Morgan and Richard Swearingen.

Who Can Be a Mental Health First Aider

  • Educators/School Administrators
  • College/University Leaders
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Members of Faith Communities
  • Homeless Shelter Staff and Volunteers
  • Nurses/Physician Assistants/Primary Care Workers
  • Police/First Responders/Security Personnel
  • Mental Health Authorities
  • Policymakers
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Consumers and Family Members
  • Caring Citizens

Copyright (c) 2017 Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC

P.O. Box 23070, Barling, AR 72923  |  1340 South Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Main Phone: 479-452-5040  |  Toll Free: 888-505-5040  |  Fax: 479-452-5047