Programs for Professionals

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Programs for Professionals

Mental illness has a significant impact on the workplace. Research shows that 217 million workdays are completely or partially lost each year due to mental health conditions. Absence, disability, and lost productivity related to mental illness cost employers more than four times that of employee medical treatment. NAMI is here to help organizations invest in their employees’ mental health through a variety programs tailored to the workplace—for employers, managers, or staff.

Contact Susan Caban at or (412) 366-3788 for scheduling and information.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training which introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and how to assist an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Audiences that would benefit from this type of training: school personnel, college university leaders, leaders in faith community, first responders, employer, employees, higher education staff, faculty and peers, and any individual working with youth ages 12-18. As a part of the SW Mental Health First Aid Collaborative, NAMI Southwestern PA offers several modules of Mental Health First Aid Courses including Public Safety and Higher Education

MHFA flyer

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed to teach parents, caregivers, educators, school staff, coaches, human service workers, youth group leaders, and caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis. This free, one-day course is for any adult who regularly interacts with young people. At the end of the class, each attendee will be certified as a Mental Health First Aider by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Youth MHFA flyer.

NAMI Basics for Professionals

NAMI is now offering the six-week program designed for parents of children with emotional and behavioral issues to specific groups of professional caregivers as well. This program will help professional child caregivers better understand the impact that mental health conditions have on youth as well as the family. The information shared in NAMI Basics will equip them unique insights that can enable them to work more collaboratively with families as part of the treatment team.

Customized Presentations

Customized presentations for professionals are available upon request. Sample topics include Mental Illness In the Workplace: What Supervisors Need to Know, How Do I Advocate for My Clients?, and Programs for Medical Students and Residents.

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