Many of us have been trained to offer first aid in emergency situations like a heart attack, choking, or trouble breathing. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? What would you say to a person who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help someone having a panic attack?
You are more likely to encounter someone - friend, family member, student, neighbor, or customer - in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.
Sometimes, first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911.
Sometimes, the best first aid is YOU! Learning Mental Health First Aid equips you with understanding, awareness and tools so you can help someone in need. Take the course, save a life, and strengthen your community with Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid teaches
Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse.
A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.
Your Certified Instructors from Porter-Starke Services
Rebekah Niedner, MSW, LSW, Wellness Research & Development
Kyle Otten, LAC, Director of Experiential Therapy & Beyond Boundaries
Todd Willis, MA, LMHC, Director of Children's Services