Mental Health First Aid
Next course coming January 10, 2018 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Call Child & Family Center: 661-259-9439 to sign up
Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ helps those experiencing mental health problems before they can get professional help and support. The course will improve mental health literacy and help people to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.
Trained staff members will present the interactive course which offers an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.
Those who take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
The following video was featured on a newscast in Arizona, and highlights information about Mental Health First Aid.
Funded in part by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63)