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Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Alliance can coordinate employee training for companies large or small, as well as faith communities, civic organizations and governmental agencies. Making this important free training available to your staff will show them that you care about their health and that of their families and their communities.

Call the Alliance Access and Information Center at (800) 510-9132 and asked to be connected with someone who can tell you more and set up a training.



Page last modified: September 8, 2016