2019 MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Did you know this type of training existed? I did not until yesterday. Doing Google searches about depression, I stumbled on this. It deserves to be shared. The program has an adult and a child version, just like the Red Cross CPR classes. Here is their description of the class:
Mental Health First Aid is similar to First Aid and CPR. Mental Health First Aid helps individuals to support those experiencing mental health problems and aids in getting people professional help and support. It is an interactive 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self- help care. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, please visit www.thenationalcouncil.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
We offer two versions of Mental Health First Aid: the Adult Version and a Youth Version for Adults who work with adolescents. Choose the one that is right for you.
WHO: Local citizens, families, school personnel, police officers, corrections staff, nursing home staff, hospital staff, government staff, faith communities, employers, teachers, front desk staff, nurses, resident advisors, social workers, lawyers, Scout leaders, coaches and more.
Here is the link.
If your community is not offering these services, speak with someone to get it going.
While I am glad these types of programs exist, it took me facing major depression for me to stumble across it. I can imagine many others who still do not know there are options.
Please share. What other programs do you know about that the mental health community can benefit from?