Intro to Mental Health First Aid for the Pharmacy

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Introduction to Mental Health First Aid for the Pharmacy will improve understanding of the presentation and pervasiveness of mental illness, challenge myths and misconceptions regarding individuals who have a mental illness, and how to effectively engage with them. It will improve the general understanding of the spectrum of interventions and support for individuals with mental illness in our communities and improve the comfort and confidence that a pharmacist may have in communicating effectively with individuals who have mental illness and being empathetic their unique needs.

Information on the full Mental Health First Aid training can be located at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org .

Reviewing the Introduction to Mental Health First Aid for the Pharmacy materials or having a difficult conversation with a patient may stir up latent feeling in the provider. Suicide is discussed in this course, which may evoke distressing feelings or emotions in some. This is not unusual, and you should always remember to take care of yourself. If you need assistance, please contact your pharmacy's Employee Assistance Program or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255 or access the online chat at  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Modules and Learning Objectives

Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health First Aid (30 Minutes)

  • Describe “Introduction to Mental Health Frist Aid for the Pharmacy,” “Mental Health First Aid,” and the role of a Mental Health First Aider.
  • Discuss the prevalence and impact of mental health disorders in the United States.
  • Demonstrate the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan and how it fits within the array of interventions available to address mental health problems.

Module 2: Anxiety and Panic Attack (45 Minutes)

  •        Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic attack.
  •        Demonstrate the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for people who may be experiencing anxiety or panic attack and may be in crisis.

Module 3: Depression and Suicide Prevention (60 Minutes)

  • Identify the signs, symptoms, and warning signs of depression and suicidal ideation.
  • Demonstrate the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for someone who may be experiencing depressive symptoms and may be in crisis, such as suicidal thoughts.

Module 4: Psychosis (45 Minutes)

  • Describe the types of disorders in which psychosis may occur.
  • Identify symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • Demonstrate the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for people who may be exhibiting symptoms of psychosis or may be in a related crisis.

Module 5: Substance Use Disorders (60 Minutes)

  • Identify risk factors and warning signs of substance use disorder.
  • Demonstrate the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for people who may be exhibiting symptoms of a substance use disorder or a related crisis.

Accreditation Information

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The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Introduction to Mental Health First Aid for the Pharmacy is approved for 4 contact hours (.4 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. UAN 0202-0000-19-247-H04-P/T

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this advanced training program, participants must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on each module assessment and complete a program evaluation. To obtain credit, the learner must CLAIM credit once the program is completed. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE Monitor for your transcript. Learners will be able to immediately print a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program requirements.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete the assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit an assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE assessments. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Release Date: September 1, 2019
Expiration Date:
 September 1, 2022 - Credit cannot be claimed after this date.
Activity Type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in all practice settings

Development and Support

Introduction to Mental Health First Aid for the Pharmacy was developed in partnership by The National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Pharmacists Association and supported by Walgreen’s.

Advisory Board

Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP
Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL

Jerry McKee, PharmD, MS, BCPP
Director of Pharmacy
Community Care of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC

Disclosures

All individuals involved in the development of this material declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

Technology Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity. Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements for a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-19-247-H04-P 0.4 CEUs September 01, 2019 - September 01, 2022
ACPE# 0202-0000-19-247-H04-T 0.4 CEUs September 01, 2019 - September 01, 2022
COA_MHFA 0 Hours from January 02, 2020