Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid 2018-04-19T15:05:20+00:00

Sometimes First Aid Isn’t a Bandage or CPR, Sometimes First Aid is You.

Anyone, anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – if they know what to do and what to say.

Cascadia’s trainers are available to teach Mental Health First Aid to the public. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program offered as an interactive 8-hour course that:

  • Presents an overview of mental health challenges and substance use disorders in the U.S.
  • Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses (i.e. anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia) while building an understanding of its impact.

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

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

Contact us for more information or to sign up.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers to questions like: “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help?”

All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material and a certificate for completing the training.

Professionals who regularly interact with people are highly recommend to get trained. Professions such as:

  • Human Resources
  • Primary care workers
  • Education: schools and colleges
  • Faith communities
  • Friends and family of individuals with mental health or addiction challenge

Mental Health First Aid can be presented to groups like:

  • Chambers of commerce
  • Professional associations
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rotary clubs
  • Parent organizations
  • Social clubs

Specialized versions of Mental Health First Aid exist for specific settings/populations are also available.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth ages 12-18. The course teaches participants:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents (i.e. including, anxiety, depression, psychosis, AD/HD, disruptive behaviors, and substance use disorders.
  • Participants will learn, ALGEE, a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis.

NOTE: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents such as teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group/leaders, parents, etc.

Public Safety Mental Health First Aid

Public Safety Mental Health First Aid is taught to police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences around the country.

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides trainees with:

  • Better understanding of mental health challenges so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety
  • More response options to help them deescalate incidents

Professionals who regularly interact with people are highly recommend to get trained. Professions such as:

  • Law enforcement/Corrections officers
  • First responders
  • 911 Dispatch Staff
  • Nurses and other primary care workers

Mental Health First Aid can be presented to groups like:

  • Defusing crises
  • Promoting mental health literacy
  • Combating stigma of mental health
  • Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Connecting people to care

Approximately 20,000 public safety professionals across the nation have taken the course, including at police academies in Philadelphia, DC, Seattle, and numerous smaller and rural departments.

Contact us more information, or to sign up for any of our programs.