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Mental Health First Aid

Through funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Region 4 Systems has a team of certified trainers to conduct MHFA training. 

MHFA is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to individuals showing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder.  MHFA is an 8-hour interactive course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders, introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.  Participants learn a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. 

MHFA helps people know that mental illnesses are real, common, and treatable and that it's acceptable to seek help.  Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this program to improve knowledge of mental disorders and substance use, remove fear and misunderstanding, and enable those trained to offer concrete assistance. 

For additional information contact:  Ann Koopman
  akoopman@region4bhs.org
  402-316-1779


Mental Health First Aid Trainers

Ann Koopman  akoopman@region4bhs.org Norfolk Both
Thomas Newcombe  tnewcombe@region4bhs.org Norfolk Adult
Bob Lowe  bob.lowe@nebraska.gov Norfolk
Adult
Addisen Beck  diversion@cumingcounty.ne.gov West Point
Adult
Jill Colegrove  jill.colegrovecenter@frontiernet.net Columbus Adult
Mary Phillips  mary.colegrovecenter@frontiernet.net Columbus Adult
Larry Wilson  larry.wilson@nebraska.gov Columbus Adult
Michael Carlson  mike.carlson@nebraska.gov South Sioux City
Adult
Steve Hecker  shecker@region4bhs.org Norfolk
Adult 



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Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston & Wayne

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(888) 370-7003
Madison, Stanton, Pierce, Antelope, Cuming, Cedar, Knox

(866) 758-4749
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(877) 488-9928
Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Rock

(877) 958-7776
Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, Burt, Wayne

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