Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack – even if you have no clinical training – Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental 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. We call this mental health literacy – or 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:
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.
The Elkhart County Health Department hosts the evidence based public education programs for anyone interacting with adults or youth. The Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health situation; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
608 Oakland Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516-2116
Phone: (574) 523-2116
Fax: (574) 523-2158
Toll Free: 1-877-523-2283
Tuesday through Friday: 8:00am*-4:00pm
*Due to staff in-service, our office will open at 9:00am on the second Thursday of February, May, August, and November and on the first Thursday in December.