Walgreens' health outcomes pharmacists finish 1st phase of mental health first aid training

To address the growing need for mental health resources, pharmacists at Walgreens underwent their first phase of training in mental health first aid. The training was overseen by the National Council for Behavioral Health as part of an initiative announced last May as part of Mental Health Month.

To address the growing need for mental health resources, pharmacists at Walgreens underwent their first phase of training in mental health first aid. The training was overseen by the National Council for Behavioral Health as part of an initiative announced last May as part of Mental Health Month. The mental health first aid training is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. It comprises mental health literacy, understanding risk factors and warning signs of mental health and addiction, and strategies to help someone in emergency and non-emergency conditions. Walgreens' health outcomes pharmacists seek to enhance patient outcomes and medication adherence. They represent the first group to finalize the training, which was specifically developed by Walgreens, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and APhA. Scott J. Knoer, PharmD, MS, APhA CEO/EVP Designate, observed: "The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened what was already a pressing need for pharmacy personnel: increasing their awareness of acute mental health issues and equipping them with tools to help direct patients to the mental health resources they need. We are grateful to Walgreens for its partnership in granting profession-wide distribution of this much-needed training program." The training will be available to any pharmacist industry-wide this summer, with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits through APhA.