Project Documentation 

Front End-Analysis 

    1. Project Title: Adult Mental Health First Aid Training 
    2. Sponsoring Organization: Mental Health Organizations USA
    3. Project Description: This training course is designed to teach adults from the public to assist a person that is developing or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The training is not designed to teach individuals to treat or diagnose but to offer initial support until professional help is received.  
    4. Target Audience: Adults in the public from various walks of life.  
    5. Delivery: eLearning/hybrid
    6. Learner Characteristics: Adult Learners of all ages.  
    7. Learning Theories: Adult Theories
      • Transformational Learning- Identifying Dilemmas or Crisis
      • Experiential Learning- Concrete experiences, reflective observations, active experimentations

Theory Applications: For Overall Training Course

    1. The learner identifies dilemmas or crisis based on current belief systems pertaining to the various mental health crisis.
    2. Change meaning structures to develop new schemas or perspectives
    3. Activities that change schemas
    4. Allow for self-reflection 

Topic Analysis-Assess for Risk of Suicide or Harm

This section will only cover a partial sample of the overall course.  

Facts and concepts that will help participants assess for risk of suicide or harm with individuals experiencing depression/anxiety crisis. (Cognitive-Remember/Factual/Conceptual) 

    1. Factors that make a person more at risk of suicide:
      • Sex
      • Age
      • Chronic physical illness
      • Mental Illness
      • Use of alcohol or other substances
      • Less social support
      • Previous attempt
      • Organized plan
    2. Warning signs of suicide
      • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
      • Seeking access to means
      • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
      • Feeling hopeless
      • Feeling worthless or a lack of purpose
      • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
      • Feeling trapped
      • Increasing alcohol or drug use
      • Withdrawing from family, friends, or society
      • Demonstrating rage and anger or seeking revenge
      • Appearing agitated
      • Having a dramatic change in mood
    3. Reasons for self-harm
      • To escape unbearable anguish
      • To change the behavior of others
      • To escape a situation
      • To show desperation to others
      • To “get back at” other people
      • To gain relief from tension
      • To seek help

Goals and Objectives 

Instructional Goal for this Partial Sample:

    1. Course participants asses for risk of suicide or self-harm.  

Terminal Objective: Course participants recognize indicators for risk of suicide or self-harm. 

    1. Enabling Objectives: 
      • Recognize that there are various factors that make a person at risk of suicide
      • Recognize the various warning signs of suicide
      • Recognize the various reasons for self-harm. 


    1. Enabling Objectives 
      • Please see the section above
    2. Absorb Activity
      • Course participants view and listen to audio modules that explain factors, warning signs and reasons for suicide and self-harm.  
    3. Do Activity
      • Prompt activities prior to absorb activities for accessing prior schemas
      •  Scenarios for multiple choice questions to recognizing factors
      • True and False statements to recognize Warning Signs of Suicide
      • True and False statements to recognize Reasons for NonSuicidal Self-Injury
    4. Assessment Idea
      • Scenario-based summative assessment where participants identify factors, warning signs of suicide and nonsuicidal self-injury. 

Course Outline: 

    1. Modules 1-2 (1 Minute) 
      • Introduction  
      • Objectives 
    2. Modules 3-19 (10 Minutes) 
      • Absorb Activities
      • Do Activities
    3. Module 20 (2 minutes) 
      • Scenario Summative Assessment


    1. Session Seat Time: 13 minutes
    2. Development Tools:  eLearning authoring software
    3. Deliverables: eLearning modules
    4. TechnologyInternet access