Mental Health First Aid course

Start Date
Fri, 8/16/2019
Start Time
8 a.m.
End Date
Fri, 8/16/2019
End Time
5 p.m.
College of Medicine
Event Host
Susan Salahshor
This course is open to the public. Those interested in removing the stigma associated with mental illness and learning to give first aid are encouraged to register.

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.



The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.  Specifically, studies found that those who were trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to:

•    Recognize 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. Youth 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 disorders.

•    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 help someone 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.



Session 1 (four hours)

  • Part 1 (two hours)
    • What is Mental Health First Aid?
    • Mental health problems in the USA
    • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
    • Understanding depression
    • Understanding anxiety disorders
  • Part 2 (two hours)
    • Crisis first aid for suicidal behavior & depressive symptoms
    • What is non-suicidal self-injury?
    • Non-crisis first aid for depression and anxiety

Session 2 (four hours)

  • Part 1 (two hours)
    • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
    • Crisis first aid for traumatic events
    • Understanding disorders in which psychosis may occur
    • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Part 2 (two hours)
    • Understanding substance use disorder
    • Crisis first aid for overdose
    • Crisis first aid for withdrawal
    • Using Mental Health First Aid

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Contact Name
Susan Salahshor
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Add Event to Calendar Fri, 8/16/2019 8 a.m. Fri, 8/16/2019 5 p.m. Eastern Mental Health First Aid course This course is open to the public. Those interested in removing the stigma associated with mental illness and learning to give first aid are encouraged to register.
College of Medicine