Adult Mental Health First Aid
Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situation and where to turn for help.
Mental Disorder is a diagnosable illness that affects a person thinking, emotional state, and behavior, disrupting the person’s ability to work, carry out daily activities, and engage in satisfying relationships.
Depression and mood disorders - a person who is clinically depressed would have at least one of these two symptoms, nearly every day, for at least two weeks:
- An unusually sad mood
- Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that use to be enjoyable
Anxiety disorders – Anxiety can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to a terrifying panic attack. An anxiety disorder differs from normal anxiety in the following ways:
- It is more intense
- It is long lasting
- It interferes with the person’s work, activities, or relationships.
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.
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
- 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.