You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer first aid in a
mental health crisis?
It's easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking, or can't breathe. But what does depression look like?
Or anxiety? Would you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide?
The Mullins Charitable Funds, in partnership with the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, offers Mental Health First Aid training in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.
Mental Health First Aid teaches:
- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns in youth and adults
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance abuse
- A five-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or crisis
- Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources
The eight-hour Mental Health First Aid training course provides you with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for someone who is showing these signs.
Who takes the course?
The Mental Health First Aid course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide front-line help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues or others within the community.
Four reasons to become Mental Health First Aid certified:
- To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis.
- Mental illness is common: One in five adults in any given year experience a mental illness or crisis.
- You care: Be there for a friend, family member, colleague or person in need.
- You can help: People with mental illnesses often suffer alone, but you can be there to help.
Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a five-day training and meet certification requirements.