Seton Hall University College of Nursing is pleased to announce its first cohort of students who are certified in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid consists of a 12-hour course which offers an overview of mental illness and substance abuse issues. Students learn about warning signs, risk factors, as well as possible consequences and common treatments available.
Students in the program learn a five-step action plan that is key to providing assistance to someone in crisis. These steps include: Assessment, Listening, Providing reassurance and information, Encouraging that person to seek professional help, Self-help and other support strategies.
Professor Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC, who facilitated the class for the Seton Hall nursing students, notes that mental health assessment should be a part of all nursing students' curricula. Rowbotham said, "Mental health and physical health are inextricably linked and I am so proud that our students have this additional certification that will strengthen their professional knowledge base."
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing's mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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