Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone – friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid 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. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first-responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.
Both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are 8 hours long and feature:
Hands-on activities and practice
ALGEE, the 5-step action plan
An overview of local mental health resources, support groups, and other help
A resource manual packed with information on all topics covered in the course
There are two types of Mental Health First Aid courses — adult and youth.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to
learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community, and instructors may specialize in providing the course to groups such as police officers or faith leaders, specific training's tailored to: public safety, rural, and higher education (college).
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.
Sometimes, the best first aid is you. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.