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Mental Health First Aid: Adult Certification Course (P/T) - Chapel Hill, NC

This program requires a minimum number of participants to run. Once the minimum number of participants is reached additional program information and materials will be dispersed. If the minimum number is not reached and the course is canceled any registered participant(s) to that point will be fully refunded. A continental breakfast, lunch and snack breaks will also be provided to participants for the day. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks to support from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, this course is being offered at a discounted rate.
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:
  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material. Upon completion, participants will be certified in Mental Health First Aid USA.

Date: Sep 14, 2019 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM



CE Hours


CE Units


Registration closes on Sep 06, 2019 11:55 PM

Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians


Participants have 60 days from the start of their program to claim CE credit and verify it has been upload to CPE Monitor. If your program requires the completion of a post test/eval/survey those items MUST be done before that 60 day window closes to receive credit for that program. Statements of credit can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. Statements of credit will no longer be printed and mailed to the participant. **No partial individual session credit will be given**
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If paying by check please mail to the address below:

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Attn: Continuing Education
301 Pharmacy Lane, CB# 7574 Beard Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. To receive CE credit, participants must complete the CE attendance form and the online evaluation of the program (instructions to be emailed). Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the program and you have completed any needed requirements. **No partial credit will be available**



Registration Closed  


  • Discuss the prevalence and impact of mental health problem in the United States.
  • Discuss the barriers to treatment of mental health disorders.
  • Describe the spectrum of mental health interventions, treatments and support.
  • Discuss the core components of recover for people experiencing mental health or substance abuse problems.
  • Describe how the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan fits within the array of interventions available to address mental health problems.


Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CPP
Regional Director of Experiential Education, UNC Eshelman School of Phamacy: Asheville Campus

Brief Bio : Charlene Williams completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in primary care at Mission Hospital and the Mountain Area Health Education Center. Currently, she is the regional director of experiential education and an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is based in Asheville and is a clinical pharmacist practitioner at UNC Asheville Health and Counseling Center. Williams is a certified diabetes educator and is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Her research interests include experiential education, preceptor development and personal leadership development. Prior to coming to the School, Williams was employed by Mission Health System for 13 years. As a clinical pharmacist practitioner, she developed a clinical pharmacy services program in a patient-centered medical home for Mission Health System. She also served as residency director for Mission Hospital’s PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency in the ambulatory care setting for three years. While at Mission, she implemented a medication reconciliation program for presurgical patients, was a care manager for the Asheville Project and Mission’s My Health Life employer-sponsored disease management programs and provided care in an ADA-accredited diabetes education center.

Heidi Noel Anksorus, Pharm.D
Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Brief Bio : After receiving her Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Heidi Anksorus completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. Upon completion of the residency, she was offered a position with St. Joseph, where she continued developing as a new practitioner while working in various areas of the medical center’s inpatient and clinical pharmacy services, as well as working in the community pharmacy practice setting. She also worked at UNC Hospitals in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center practice setting.

Activity Number

Date: 09/14/19
Time: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

CE Hours



Chapel Hill, NC
Registration Closed