Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
- Police officers
- Hospital staff
- First responders
- Faith leaders
- Community members
- Caring individuals
WHAT IT COVERS
- Assessing for risk of suicide or harm.
- Breaking down the bias against people living with mental illnesses, addictions and suicidal thinking.
- Reaching out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help.
- Informing individuals struggling with mental illnesses and addictions that support is available.
- Providing community resources.
- Making behavioral health care and treatment accessible to thousands in need.
The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
- 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
WHERE WILL THIS BE HELD
The course will be held at the Trauma Healing Project at 1100 Charnelton Street in Eugene. The building is on the corner of W. 11th and Charnelton St. across the street from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.