Mental Health Awareness Education and Training
We teach women the skills to identify and respond to the signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse.
Mental Health First Aid Matters
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or, at the very least, call 911. Unfortunately though, too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned a friend and/or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and by providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use problem.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse. What you learn:
- Risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms of mental health problems
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders
- A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in a crisis
- Where to turn for help: professional, peer, self-help resources, etc...
Why should you take the class?
- 11% of youth have a mood disorder.
- 1 in 5 college students will face a mental health condition.
- 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
- Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
- 1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders.
- Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
- Adults living with serious mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. This is largely due to treatable medical conditions.
- For every death by suicide, there are 25 people who attempt it.
How do I get trained?
Our training classes equip women with the skills they will need to reach out and support someone who may be developing a mental health problem, substance use problem, or someone in a crisis.
Know the facts, and take a course to help an adult or young person in need. Learn how to start the conversation.
Please contact us for additional information or register for an upcoming class.
4 Reasons to Become a Mental Health First Aider
Be prepared: When a mental health crisis occurs, you’ll know what to do.
Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 children – ages 13-18 in any given year.
You can help: People living with mental illnesses often have to go through it alone. You’ll know when and how to step in and offer support.
You care: Be there for a friend, a family member, a colleague, or a complete stranger.
Learn How to Apply the Action Plan
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies