Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. It gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
There are several classes open for both adults and youth in the St. Louis area. Anyone can take this training, and it's highly recommended for people such as police officers, human resource directors, teachers, and friends and family members of someone who has experienced a mental health issue. During the course, you get the opportunity to role play through various scenarios, such as helping someone having a panic attack, so that you will be prepared to take action if the situation arises.
In general, the 5 step action plan for mental health first aid is:
Taking a class is free, supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Eastern Missouri, and could potentially help save someone's life.
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