Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no medical
training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health relat-
ed crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for men-
tal health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-
crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. MHFA training will give you a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.

You learn about:
Depression and mood disorders
Anxiety disorders
Substance Use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour training that can be taught in one day, or two 4 hour sessions. It is appropriate for any adult who has someone in their life, be it a neighbor or friend or family member or coworker, who is experiencing or will experience a mental health concern or crisis. And given that one in four Americans has a mental health crisis or concern every year, that means it is helpful to almost everyone. Groups that have been trained locally include police departments, church groups, and community groups.

If you would like to hear more or schedule a Mental Health First Aid training for your group, please contact Kerry Dueholm at pastorkerry@sccnw.org or 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 326.