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Mental Health Awareness

Understanding mental health


This class explains mental health challenges as adaptations to stress. These responses often appear as a kind of disconnection from objective reality and often show up as anxiety or depression. Sometimes we see more severe signs like dissociation, panic, and psychosis.

Understanding how mental health symptoms originate helps us recognize the human element behind situations that may seem difficult to understand and respond to. Workers everywhere in the “helping field” of human services need this awareness to provide services that are trauma-informed and are inclusive of the individual’s unique cultural needs and goals. It takes intention and practice to provide interventions that minimize re-traumatization and allow for the person to be self-directed and respected for their unique life story.

Through the lens of stress management, this training explains best practices for interacting with people who may be upset or struggling with symptoms.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the nature of stress and the brain

  • Examine common mental health symptoms

  • Practice simple stress management strategies

  • Review tips for safe interventions

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)  

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy   

LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.ADC.119)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.387)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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