Behavioral Health

Mental Health First Aid Training

Ascension Providence Rochester will collaborate with our community partners to reduce stigma and increase awareness of mental wellness in our community by providing Mental Health First Aid training programs throughout our community.  

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) provides education and tools to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the MHFA course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.  MHFA teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.

The cost to train one MHFA trainer is $2,000, and each MHFA program for 20 participants costs $1,500-$2,000; the goal is to create a train-the-trainer model and have these trainers provide training to non-profit organizations and community forums at no cost.

Behavioral Health Unit Needs

With a patient's stay in our behavioral health unit averaging between 5-6 days, some patients may stay up to a month or more.  Due to the nature of the unit, there are not many activities for patients to help occupy their free time outside of walking the unit.  In addition, some patients that are admitted to the unit are homeless and arrive at the hospital with very little.  They may also be discharged to a homeless shelter.  With this information in mind, our behavioral health unit is in need of the following items/support:
  • Activities - Books, puzzles, etc.

  • Magazines

  • Playing cards

  • Stress balls

  • Wii Fit or some type of active game that can safely be played by patients

  • Exercise classes (i.e. yoga)

  • Artwork painted on walls or mounted so it cannot be removed

  • Art and Music Therapy activities

  • Clothing

  • Toiletries

  • Backpacks

  • Select Gym equipment (locked up and used under supervision for those patients eligible)

  • Radio/speakers to pipe music to common areas, including Nurse’s Station

Help ensure the best patient care
for our community now, and for
the future.