Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Mental Health First Aid

Since 2012, ADAMH has offered the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program to the Franklin County community. We have trained hundreds of community members and are excited to expand the program.

The MHFA program was developed in 2001 and its goal is to help non-clinical individuals develop skills that will help them assist a person who may be developing a mental health issue. MHFA aims to increase mental health literacy, expand knowledge of how to help someone in crisis, connect individuals to needed services and reduce stigma.

The MHFA training is an 8-hour course that should not replace professional treatment and does not encourage lay persons (aids) to diagnose or treat individuals who may need professional care, but instead encourages aids to help persons in need of treatment by referring them to appropriate healthcare professionals.

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, please click here.

We will be posting more information about our 2017 Mental Health First Aid training soon. Please stay tuned.

Meet Our Trainers!

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Kythryn Carr Hurd, M.S.W., L.I.S.W-S.., currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Services of the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. Carr Hurd joined the board in August 2013. Her work draws from 22 years of experience in system care design, implementation and oversight for children and adults. In her current position, Carr Hurd manages clinical oversight for clients within the behavioral healthcare system. Specifically, she sets direction for developing customer service strategy, conducts quality reviews of ADAMH providers and assists in evaluation of services for adults and children with serious mental illness.

Aimee Shadwick is the Director of Public Affairs for the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. She has worked for the organization for 9 years. As the Director of Public Affairs, Shadwick manages ADAMH’s Strategic Communication plan to create awareness and support of ADAMH throughout the community, including overseeing the Community Relations Officer and Digital Communications Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from The University of Florida.

Kevin Dixon Ph.D. is the Vice President of Community and Cultural Engagement for the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. He is responsible for developing community outreach initiatives and projects that support the diverse needs of Franklin County residents in order to reduce the incident of mental health problems and eliminate the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Dixon joined ADAMH in 1987 and held several positions since arriving and currently working with the faith community. He serves on the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center and Access Health Columbus Boards, as well as a variety of committees.

Matilda (Tillie) Woods is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Work as well as Master’s Degree in Labor and Human Resources. Woods has over 25 years of business experience, and worked in the fields of business and human resources for renowned Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Woods serves as the Human Resources Director for ADAMH Board of Franklin County. She functions as the head of human resources and manages the employee functions, which include training and development, employee appraisals, compensation, benefits administration and job evaluation.

Tonya Fulwider is the Program Director of Mental Health of Franklin County. She oversees the agency’s myriad of support groups, the Get Connected program and all educational programming. She is the co-founder and director of Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM). She was a recipient of the Postpartum Support International (PSI) Jane Honikman Founder’s Award and is a co-author of the PSI Guidebook, Developing a Sustainable Perinatal Support Network in Your Community. Tonya is a frequent lecturer on a variety of mental health topics, including Mental Health First Aid USA.

Rachelle Martin possesses over 30 years of public service experience in the health care field, including coordination of health care systems nationally and internationally. Currently, she is the Executive Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Franklin County and Columbus Black Catholic Ministries. Rachelle has been the co-founding partner of the Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, which she chaired for over four years, and the Suicide Prevention Foundation.

LeeAnn Mattes is the director of the Pro Bono Counseling Program at Mental Health America of Franklin County and also maintains a private counseling practice in Dublin. She is an independently licensed social worker supervisor, who has worked in the mental health field for 15 years in a variety of settings including community mental health, emergency psychiatric services and inpatient hospitals. LeeAnn is a frequent lecturer on a variety of mental health topics, including Mental Health First Aid USA.

Andrea Plant serves as the Director of Education and Outreach for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Franklin County. In her role, Andrea manages outreach and engagement initiatives, including Youth & Adult Mental Health First Aid education programs, for NAMI Franklin County.  Andrea is certified through the National Council on Behavioral Health as an Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She received her M.A. & B.S. degrees from Michigan State University.

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