Behavioral and mental health problems can affect anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults currently have a mental illness. This course introduces the most common mental and behavioral health conditions, warning signs, and brief interventions. It also helps prepare participants to find and choose the best resources for the client through research and communication skills.

Also available in Spanish.

Target Audience
Non-clinical individuals want to identify common mental health issues they encounter in a community health or other non-clinical setting.

Expected Duration
3 hours

Lesson Objectives

Behavioral Health Care

  • Understand behavioral health care issues encountered in non-clinical settings, including serious mental illnesses (depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders) and the mental health consequence of trauma exposure
  • Recognize the warning signs of serious mental illnesses and exposure to trauma
  • Apply communication skills to interact compassionately and empathetically with individuals who have a mental illness
  • Create referral plans for sending clients to local and national agencies and services that can handle treatment and more in-depth screening for behavioral health problems

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