Mental Health First Aid, a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues, has trained more than 3 million people across the country to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
Their goal is for everyone in America to have at least one First Aider in their close circle of friends, family and peers. The course covers risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Topics include depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders.
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Mental Health First Aid invites anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all to take action this Mental Health Awareness Month: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/mentalhealthawarenessmonth/.