WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
The Mental Health First Aid Training and Research Program was created in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm with the vision of creating an “empowered community providing support to one another in ties of mental health problems and mental crises.” Permission was granted to the National Council for Behavioral Health to reproduce and update the copyrighted material to utilize in the United States. After several years of published studies, evidence showed knowledge of mental illnesses and treatments was expanded, a reduction in mental health stigma and myths, an improvement in mental health for the individual receiving and giving care and increased action towards individuals with mental health problems and challenges. Mental Health First Aid USA.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8- hour course designed to teach laymen, parents, family members, professionals, educators, school personnel, faith-based communities, health and human service workers, healthcare providers, case managers, caregivers; primarily anyone who is interested in learning how to assist anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, developing a mental health or addiction problem and to increase their mental health literacy.
The program introduces a 5-Step action plan to help individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges, contemplating suicide, crisis or non-crisis situations, provide support and link to them to resources and professional care.