What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a program designed to help the general public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. It is intended for a variety of audiences: friends and family of individuals with mental illness, key professionals, school leadership, faith communities, or ANYONE interested in learning about mental illness.
This eight hour course presents an overview of mental health and introduces its participants to the warning signs of mental illness and provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to help stabilize a person in crisis until they can connect them with the appropriate care. Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, MHFA training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental crisis, such as contemplating suicide. In both situations the goal is to support the individual until professional help arrives.
The goal of MHFA is intended to increase mental health literacy and teach everyone to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
To learn more about MHFA please visit: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) not only teaches individuals to identify and respond appropriately to a person who is experiencing a mental health crisis, but it also increases awareness about mental health in our community.
MHFA provides you and your community with the opportunity to lean about mental illness and be part of the change to help reduce the negative stigma that can be associated with mental health.
Increasing education and reducing negative stigma associated with mental health helps promote healthier and safer communities.
Emergence Health Network, in collaboration with the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation will oversee a regional effort to reduce mental health stigma by providing Mental Health First Aid training opportunities in the Paso Del Norte Region.
For more information over the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation visit: www.pdnhf.org
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