Mind Springs Health believes that Mental Health First Aid is as important to saving lives as CPR or other first aid is for the body. Mental Health First Aid is a program designed to help people understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders with the goal of supporting those in crisis until appropriate professional help arrives.

Mental Health First Aid Will Help You Aquire the Skills to:

  • Preserve a life when a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Provide help to prevent the problem from becoming more serious
  • Promote and enhance recovery
  • Provide comfort and support

What You’ll Learn in Mental Health First Aid:

  • Insight into illnesses and disorders
  • How to identify risk factors and warning signs for a range of issues including depression, self-harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis and psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia), substance abuse and eating disorders
  • How to use a 5-step plan to recognize symptoms, offer and provide initial help and guide a person to appropriate treatments and other supportive help
  • To understand treatment options
  • To identify available local resources

Who Should Take a Mental Health First Aid Course?
Everyone. Mind Springs Health particularly encourages family and friends of individuals with a mental illness or addiction to take a MHFA course along with those who want to learn more about mental health and addiction. The course is extremely valuable for professionals including law enforcement, human services personnel and medical workers. Mind Springs Health also believes that there are community-wide benefits from having schools, faith communities, professional associations, parent organizations, social clubs and other groups become proficient in these skills.

Those who complete the 8-hour course become certified in Mental Health First Aiders and are empowered to respond to a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who might be suicidal or assisting someone who has overdosed.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach community members including parents, families, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who are in crisis or experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to be taken by adults who regularly interact with young people and for youth ages 16-18 who want to learn more about how to interact with peers. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders such as ADHD and eating disorders.

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