Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Mental Health First Aid Training is entirely virtual, and each trainee will
be required to complete a 2-hour self-paced online courses which is then followed
by a 4-6 hour live and virtual instructor led course.
Here is what trainees will learn in the mental first aid training.
When helping a person going through a mental health crisis, it is important to look for signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, or other harm. Some warning signs of suicide include:
It may seem simple, but the ability to listen and have a meaningful conversation requires skill and patience. Listening is critical in helping an individual feel respected, accepted, and understood. Mental Health First Aid teaches you to use a set of verbal and nonverbal skills such as open body posture, comfortable eye contact, and other strategies to engage in appropriate conversation.
It is important to recognize that mental illnesses and addictions are real, treatable illnesses from which people can and do recover. When talking to someone you believe may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, approach the conversation with respect and dignity and don’t blame the individual for his or her symptoms. Mental Health First Aid provides information and resources you can offer to someone to provide emotional support and practical help.
There are many professionals who can offer help when someone is in crisis or may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or addiction.
Types of Professionals
Types of Professional Help
The Mental Health First Aid course provides a variety of local and national resources to connect individuals in need to care.
Individuals with mental illness can contribute to their own recovery and wellness through:
Mental Health First Aid helps you to identify potential sources of support and to practice offering these supports to the person you are helping.
When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.