Youth & Adult Mental Health First Aid

 You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis?

It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking’ or can’t breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? What would you say to a person you know who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour training course  that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. People across the country are trained in Mental Health First Aid. They know how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addiction.

Adult course: The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help an individual who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or concern.

Youth course: Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 16 years or older to learn how to help young people.

Mental Health First Aid Teaches

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Who Takes The Course?

The course helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.

  • Educators/school administrators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Public safety personnel
  • Members of faith communities
  • Social services staff and volunteers
  • Policymakers
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Social workers
  • College/university leaders

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