MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID MATTERS
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and teaching how to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.
WHO ARE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS?
Mental Health First Aiders are…
Teachers, coaches, first responders and veterans. They’re neighbors, parents, friends and family. They’re people in recovery, and those supporting a family member. They’re First Ladies and Mayors. Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all.
We offer two, distinct Mental Health First Aid programs:
Mental Health First Aid
An 8-hour interactive training course for adults. This course:
- Presents an overview of mental health illness and substance use disorders
- Introduces the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
- Builds understanding of the impact of mental health illnesses
- Teaches a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis
Participants who successfully complete this 8-hour program will become a certified “Mental Health First Aider.”
Youth Mental Health First Aid
An 8-hour training course for adults who work with youth. The course:
- Presents the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents
- Builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention
- Teaches adults how to help a youth in crisis or identify if a youth is experiencing a mental health challenge
- Teaches a five-step action plan to assist an adolescent in crisis or an adolescent that is experiencing the signs and symptoms of mental illness
Participants who successfully complete the 8-hour training will become a certified “Youth Mental Health First Aider”.
*Educators should talk with their school administrators about how Youth Mental Health First Aid can qualify for continuing education credits.
For more information or to schedule this training for your organization please call 317-272-0027 or email Deana at firstname.lastname@example.org