Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
Mental Health First Aid teaches skills that enable participants to:
- Promote mental health literacy
- Combat stigma of mental illness
- Enable early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
- Connect people to care
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.
Southeast Alaska AHEC provides Mental Health First Aid certificate-training to organizations and health care facilities throughout the region. Alaska AHEC can teach this program to students age 16 - 18 with signed parental/guardian permission.
Contact us at SEAKAHEC@SERRC.ORG if you or your organization would like to organize a Mental Health First Aid Training.Contact Us