Mental health first aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.
The goals of mental health first aid are to preserve life when the person may be in danger to self or others, provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a serious state, promote recovery of good mental health and provide comfort to a person with a mental health problem.
Mental health first aid training does not teach people to be therapists. Rather, it teaches how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
Sue Plitt (Career Services), Jennifer Lepus (Health Services) and Cindy Paige-Desi (Residential Life) will conduct the training session Wednesday, January 12, and Friday, January 14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Individuals who sign up for must commit to complete both days of training. There is no charge for the training.
Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate.
“I think the training helped me to better understand the signs and symptoms of students in distress. It also gave me insight into what a student who is dealing with mental illness is going through. I actually used some of the trainers’ tips when dealing with a student recently. The tips helped me to better communicate with the student and not feel so awkward,” a recent trainee said.
To register, email your name, department and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation along with location of the training.
This training is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. For more information on mental health first aid, visit www.mhfa.com.au.