Mental Health First Aid is likened to CPR certification, where information is shared to assist individuals experiencing mental health or substance use-related issues. Specific risk factors and warning signs are discussed, with shared strategies to meet the needs of individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychoses, substance abuse disorders, and trauma. The outcome focus is the development of recovery and resiliency.
The 4 reasons to become trained in Mental Health First Aid:
1. Being Prepared
2. Being Helpful learn recommended strategies
3. Mental illnesses affect 1 in 5 adults
4. Share caring for one another
To learn more, go to the Mental Health First Aid website at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/ and if you are interested in taking a course, click on "Get Trained" and if you are interested in being an instructor, click on "Be an Instructor".