I am pretty excited to see that the virtual Mental Health First Aid certification classes are receiving raving reviews! Many people have been hesitant of, not only taking them, but also teaching them!
Most instructors have been telling me that they are afraid of losing the warmth and welcoming nature of the in-person classes which invite people to share and practice talking about mental health with each other in ways that are easy and comfortable. While an online form of training seems like it might be cold and lacking warmth, Zoom helps bring capabilities which can bring people together. It also gives participants ideas of how to connect with their family and friends in a way that they didn’t have while social distancing.
Overall, the virtual course evaluations are much, much higher than we expected, and this encourages us all.