Did you know you are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack? Maybe a family member is anxious or has panic attacks, a coworker seems withdrawn or depressed, a friend is having suicidal thoughts or a customer in your business is experiencing mental health symptoms. Mental Health First Aid teaches how you can help a friend, family member, coworker or other community member get in contact with the help they need.
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?”, “what are helpful things to say” and “where can someone find help?” The training is valuable for all community members including health care workers, law enforcement personnel, family members, employees, educators, clergy, etc.
To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, USA, please visit their website. Upcoming training opportunities are scheduled for September 7th and November 9th, 2017 at Northeastern Mental Health Center. We can also work with larger groups to provide private training offsite. Contact our Mental Health First Aid Trainers, Monica Devine Seaton or Amy Sanderson, for more information.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. While it is commonplace to see a doctor regarding physical aliments, people may be less likely to reach out to a professional to address mental health concerns. Through our community awareness events we seek to educate people about the benefit of seeing a counselor; prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover. Behavioral health is essential to overall health and through education we hope to increase the number of people who are leading healthier, happier and more-balanced lives.
We typically host 3-4 events a year. If you’d like to learn more about our next event or would like to discuss holding one at your place of employment or organization, please give us a call. Strong communities are built on mental wellness and education is the first step in the right direction.