What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid will be offered on campus beginning FALL 2014. More information to come!
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
What does Mental Health First Aid teach you?
- Risk factors and warning signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
- Impact of mental and substance use disorders.
- Local resources and where to turn for help.
- 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
- Listen nonjudgmentally.
- Give reassurance and information.
- Encourage appropriate professional help.
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
What is the benefit of taking Mental Health First Aid?
- Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack- even if you have no clinical training- Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.
- The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
- When a mental health crisis happens, the individual will know what to do.
- Mental Health First Aid will serve as an element of prevention and help create a safety network.
(With Thanks, adapted from the Mental Health First Aid website.)