Mental Health 1st Aid Training – September 21 and 28, 2012 – Greenwich, CT

A two-day program was held at the Greenwich Public Safety Building/Police Department to bring Mental Health First Aid Training to this community. There were 26 participating attendees, however only 23 provided their post-conference evaluation at the conclusion of the program. Based on these evaluations, it is evident that the program was an overwhelming success. There was 100% agreement that the program met its stated goals and that the material was readily applicable to the work being done by the program attendees. Two participants were undecided about whether they had adequate opportunity to practice what they learned while in the seminar.

The presenter, Dawn Roy, received accolades of praise on virtually every submitted form; she was commended on everything from her style, her approachability, her level of preparation and her use of humor. One comment epitomized her level of success noting that attendance at her training had changed the writer’s vision of mental illness.

There was an overwhelming preponderance of respondents agreeing that the program had great applicability to the work they do. Only 5 out of 23 were uncertain of this parameter. This result clearly had a lot to do with the teaching style of the presenter, her level of preparedness and her knowledge of her topic. The booklet and tools used were positively commented upon. Several people commented that they felt the program could have used more time, and one felt more role-playing would have been beneficial. The class format apparently had some talkative members within it, and one person felt they were disruptive to the class’s learning time. There was a 100% agreement that the participants would recommend this program to others.

Mental Health 1st Aid Training – October 18 and 25, 2012 – Stamford, CT

A two-day program was held at the Christ Church in Stamford, CT in order to bring Mental Health First Aid Training to the people of the Greater Stamford Community. Fifteen attendees submitted post conference evaluations. One respondent appears to have mistakenly noted “strongly disagree” with the first two segments of the evaluation based on their written comments. Aside from this one respondent, the remainder of the group agreed or strongly agreed that the course had met its goals and that those goals were practical, easy to understand, and had been clearly communicated.

Comments about the presenter were glowingly favorable and commented upon her ability to keep the group engaged and her knowledge of the topic.

There was overwhelming consensus that the program provided the participants with the skills they needed to apply when confronting someone with mental illness or in danger of committing death by suicide. Only one of the fifteen felt uncertain he/she would be confident in asking someone about suicidal intent.

The participants clearly enjoyed the course and found it to be of value, with suggestions made that it should be made available to everyone in Human Services, including administrators. There was appreciation for the fact that the program was presented in “layman’s terms”, and was presented in a relaxing group environment with interesting people in the group. There was small divergence on the length of the course in that one felt it was too long and another felt it could have been compressed. 100% of the respondents noted they would recommend the group to others.