August 8, 2017 , 8:30 am , 6 pm

130 Pembroke Road Suite 100

Concord, NH

mhfirstaidwith Susan Allen-Samuel

A 6 hour training event on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301


PRESENTATIONMental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health and/or substance use problems in adults over the age of 65, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health and/or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health/substance use crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect older adults to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.   The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among older adults, like depression and anxiety.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support an older person developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness, substance use disorder or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm “
  • Listen nonjudgmentally “
  • Give reassurance and information “
  • Encourage appropriate professional help “
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies


The Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adults ages 65 and over.

PRESENTER:  Susan Allen-Samuel has been a staff member at NAMI NH for 8 plus years.  In her role as Community Educator and Support Specialist, she works one on one with family members that have loved ones with mental illness and/or substance use challenges by helping them to better understand their loved ones diagnoses, how to better communicate with that person and with the systems that surround and support them, and most of all, help them to reduce the stigma and isolation that often is part of carrying a diagnosis or loving someone that has one. She brings to this position, a Master’s Degree in the field of Human Services with a Major in Community Counseling and Addiction studies, a second Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and most importantly, first hand personal family experience.  Sue was trained to teach Mental Health First Aid in St Louis where the program was originally adopted and supported in the U.S. and has been teaching it for four years. She is certified to train it in several modules including the Mental Health First Aid and Older Adults that we are here for today.

Fee:  NHADACA Members:  $75;  Non-Members  $125;  *NBCC add $5.  Lunch will be on your own.

For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

8 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domain(s):Professional Growth & Responsibility
CRSW/LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 4, 13, 15 & 17
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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