Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid
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? What would you say to a person you know who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. People across the country - in all 50 states and the District of Columbia - are trained in Mental Health First Aid. They know how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions.

This course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements.

Mental Health First Aid teaches

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.
Porter-Starke Services now offers both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Adult Mental Health First Aid
Adult Mental Health First Aid trains you to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders, a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis, and where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources. 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 panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, or a reaction to a traumatic event. The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation. Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older.

Mental Health First Aid for Military Members, Veterans, and their Families:
Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service. This unique training inclues a discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, a discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as trauma, both mental and physical, stress, separation, etc., applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service members, their families and those that support them, and a review of common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who support them. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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 (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

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