Mental Health First Aid

Learn what to do in a mental health emergency.

I just finished a training in Adult Mental Health First Aid. I highly recommend it looking for a course near you.

The training covered:
  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event
ALGEE the Mental Health First Aid mascot | a Koala Bear
We were each given a Koala bear named ALGEE. 
He's the program's mascot and his name is an acronym for the steps to take when assessing a situation.