Mental Health First Aid:
One in five Americans have a mental illness, and many are reluctant to seek help or do not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. This means that all too often, those in need of mental health services do not get them until it is too late. As a society, we largely remain ignorant about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and we ignore our role as responsible community members to help people with mental illness. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impacts, and overviews common treatments. Graduates of the course know how to identify a mental health issue and refer someone to care.
For more information on course schedules or to schedule a presentation, please call 214-871-2420.