Lakes Region Mental Health Center has licensed instructors available to teach Mental Health First Aid to members in the community. CLICK HERE
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.
Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes
assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in
crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports.
Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.
Please click on the button below to learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training and where upcoming classes are offered: