Welcome to GNESA's training page. We are currently working on scheduling tranings for advocates, law enforcement and nurses for 2020. If you do not see the training you are interested in below, please check back for updated training information or contact GNESA to be placed our our mailing list. Once future training dates are set, further training information and registration links will be posted here on our website:


December 17, 2019  Mental Health First Aid Training, Milledgeville - training for sexual assault center staff, victim advocates and counselors, and others who work with sexual assault and domestic violence victims -- Registration Now Open!


Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour evidence-based training program that has been proved successful both within the United Sates and Internationally. The overall goal of MHFA is to improve the mental health knowledge and skills of Georgians in responding to early-stage mental illness and mental health crises. Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies. MHFA training has been shown to increase mental health literacy, increase confidence in helping an individual in distress, and decrease social distance that arises from mental illness stigma. Participants will receive a training manual and completion certificate verifying certification in Mental Health First Aid.


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