Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
What the course provides:
- A five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse.
- Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.
- None currently scheduled