Medical First Aid is a basic skill set one might learn as child in scouting, or be required to learn in fields like childcare where that simple training often helps save lives or avert further injury. Now there's a opportunity for the layman to learn how to recognize when someone might be suffering from the onset of a mental health crisis and to effectively render aid.
Classes in Mental health First Aid Training are being offered by Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare in August. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance can be engaged.
This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. Participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. The training is free of charge – However, there is a $15.00 manual fee. Checks should be made payable to Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare
Mental health problems covered include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Self-injury as a symptom is also included.
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