Mental Health First Aid

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 5

This course is geared to the non-behavioral health practitioner, paraprofessionals, graduate students and interested and concerned family, friends, and neighbors who oftentimes are the first to witness the signs of distress that may indicate a need for professional intervention.

Mental Health First Aid has been described as a “blueprint for providing comfort, promoting recovery, and helping to reduce distress related to stressful situations, trauma, and crisis.” (p. v Mental Health First Aid USA 1999).

Participants of this course will review the prevalence of Mental Health issues in the USA; make distinctions between distress and disorders, discuss and define Mental Health Action Plans, and their use when presented with individuals with depressive symptoms, self-injurious behavior and/or suicidal behavior, anxiety, panic and trauma. Further, the application of Mental Health First Aid techniques when faced with acute psychosis with/without disruptive and potentially aggressive behaviors.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to list the 5 components of the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • Participants will be able to name the 5 mental health disorders most prevalent in the USA.
  • Participants will be able to identify signs of anxiety, panic, depression and psychosis.
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between emotional distress and a mental health disorder.
  • Participants will be able to identify the warning signs of suicide and the appropriate Mental Health Action Plan.

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Arizona Trauma Institute
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Mesa, Arizona 85202

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