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The CPNP Foundation is proud to once again support the Mental Health First Aid Pre-Meeting Workshop at the CPNP Annual Meeting. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid was first created in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. The United States is just one of the many countries that have adapted the program. According to, today, over 1 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid by over 11,800 instructors.

Mental Health First Aid is available to all participants but due to its more basic level, is recommended for pharmacy students. Mental Health First Aid will be offered at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, over two days:

  • Session 1: Saturday, April 6, 1:00-6:00 PM
  • Session 2: Sunday, April 22, 8:00-11:15 AM

A registration fee of $50 for trainees (students and residents) and $150 for non-trainees is required to attend Mental Health First Aid training at CPNP 2019. Following the event, participants will receive a certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA acknowledging certification which is valid for 3 years. A limited number of spaces are available, so interested individuals should reserve their seat by registering for the Mental health First Aid Pre-Meeting Workshop as early as possible.

More information about the pre-meeting workshop options available at CPNP 2019, including the suicide assessment, prevention and documentation workshop designed for residents and pharmacists, can be found online.


Photo: Mental Health First Aid participants at CPNP 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

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