Leslie Roberts M.Ed, LPC Project Horse Empowerment Center
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing a mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. Far too many (up to two-thirds) go without treatment or significantly delay seeking services. Yet, just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone developing or experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
Mental Health First Aid:
Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
Builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and
Most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health
or substance use challenge.
Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants gain concrete tools and answers to key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” and a core five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.
Products and workshops advertised here are the responsibility of the person posting and are not endorsed by Eagala.
Workshops may be approved for continuing education hours for Eagala certification renewal if indicated in the ad, or otherwise some hours may qualify through the Eagala Independent Study Program.