Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour training course designed to give
members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a
mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as
CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an
individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training
helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to:
the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental
health problems, including:depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and
psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
Mental Health First Aid addresses mental health challenges common among
adolescents,including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating
disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use
Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to helpsomeone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
Assess their own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.