Webinar: St. Vincent’s, Jacksonville, the ROI of Mental Health First Aid

How a local Collaborative improves timely access to care and reduces stigma

Held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2:00-2:45 p.m. ET

Ellen Williams, Ph.D., senior director, Behavioral Health at Ascension St. Vincent’s, Jacksonville, FL and Paula Bides, MPH, director, Community Benefit, Ascension Florida led a 45-minute AHA members-only webinar presentation and discussion on the ROI of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

The MHFA Collaborative in Jacksonville grew out of findings from a 2016 community health needs assessment.  Learn how five non-profit hospitals, including Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and UF Health Jacksonville have trained approximately 3,400 first aiders and certified around 60 Instructors in Mental Health First Aid in less than two years.  The ultimate goal was to train 10,000 Jacksonville area citizens in four years.

Webinar participants learned:
•    how city leadership, law enforcement and first responders were included in the training effort
•    about top level commitment as each CEO publicly voiced their commitment to mental health and pledged contribute funding
•    the details and impact of the work to date
•    and the diverse range of replicable activities

Registrants received background information on each speaker, as well as a one page document providing a bit more detail on this work. The first 20 minutes of the webinar focused on the core elements of their initiative needed to replicate similar solutions in other organizations and the remaining time was for questions and discussion. 

Webinar Resources

Mental Health First Aid Collaborative in Jacksonville, FL

Presentation slides (PDF)

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