Mental Health First Aid

Available free to any group in Nebraska.

Example: 11 Kearney High School students learn first aid basics in 2-day interactive workshop

Kearney Student feedback — Q & A

Kaylee Reimers
Sophomore, Kearney High School
  Q. Why did you attend this workshop?
A. “I want to go into the Health field and thought would give me some important medical information. I also know people in my school with problems and thought this might help me be there for them.”
  Q. Why did you like about the workshop?
A. “We participated in lots of activities; we didn’t just sit around listening. It was fun.”
  Q. What was your favorite topic?
A. “Suicide Prevention.”

Jenn Knepke
Freshman, Kearney High School
  Q. Why did you attend this workshop?
A. “It’s important to learn information to help others.”
  Q. What did you find useful?
A. “The ALGEE steps (crisis intervention) — what to do to help someone with a mental health problem.”

On December 15 and 16, 2012, BHECN presented its Mental Health First Aid workshop at Region 3 Behavioral Health Services in Kearney.

Participants were Kearney High School students from HOSA* (Health Occupations Students of America).

At the two-day workshop, eleven students learned about:

  • depression, suicide, self-injury, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, psychosis and eating disorders.
  • a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

*HOSA — Health Occupations Students of America For future health professionals: an organization for students interested in health careers. It emphasizes community service, learning and leadership.

It’s a relatively new organization to Nebraska, growing each year as more schools add health career information and courses.

Kearney High School was an early adopter for its students and is proactive in learning events and activities. For more information, contact Kathy Gifford at 308-698-8086 or

The Mental Health First Aid Workshop is free for
any student, community or service group in Nebraska

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S.

It builds understanding of risk factors, warning signs, behavioral impact and common treatments.

The course may be taken to certify as a Mental Health First Aider — learning a 5-step action plan (ALGEE) to help an individual in crisis.

The course is open to everyone in Nebraska via BHECN — all audiences and professions, including:

  • primary care professionals
  • employers and business leaders
  • faith communities
  • school personnel and educators
  • state police and corrections officers
  • nursing home staff
  • mental health authorities
  • state policymakers
  • volunteers, students, families and communities

Questions? For more information:
Contact Susan Davis 402-552-7694 |

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