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Mental Health First Aid in the News


Mental Health First Aid In the News

The Washington Post: Fairfax Co. employees get mental health first aid training
Last week, 15 Fairfax County employees took a course in mental health first aid. None of them has a job that would seem to call for such training, but as more mental health care is provided in settings other than hospitals, people who work in local government say they are more likely to encounter people in need of mental health services. So Fairfax, the region’s most populous jurisdiction, is moving to provide basic mental health training to more employees, particularly those who deal with the public every day.

Arizona Daily Star: We have to do something to promote mental health
It’s a terrible feeling, being helpless in the face of something so overwhelming that it’s engulfing a friend, a relative or a stranger who reaches out. We want to have the answer and make things right. We want to help. We just don’t always know how…This is where Mental Health First Aid comes in.

NPR Talk of the Nation: A First Aid Kit for Mental Health Emergencies
Many people know how to respond when colleagues hurt themselves, or are felled by heart attack or stroke. But few know what to do in a psychiatric crisis. The Mental Health First Aid program aims to teach people to respond to psychiatric emergencies, from anxiety to eating disorders to psychosis.

NPR Morning Edition: Mental Health First Aid, How to Help in an Emotional Crisis
We often train to know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid. But the reality is, it’s much more likely that we’re going to come in contact with someone suffering from an emotional crisis than someone suffering a heart attack or choking in a restaurant.

ABC News: Mental Health First Aid Courses Teach Mental Health Awareness
In a typical first aid class we learn things like CPR what to do if someone was choking… things like that but would you know what to do if someone was threatening suicide? There are now mental health first aid classes to help educate people on what to do in those kinds of situations.

The New York Times: Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive
In the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting in Jan 2011, this article explores how Mental Health First Aid can help people recognize and respond to signs of mental illness.

USA Today: Classes teach ‘first aid’ for mental health crises
It’s called mental health first aid. And while the classes are not yet nearly as common as traditional first aid courses — the kind you take to learn how to help a choking victim or cardiac arrest victim — they are catching on.

Washington Post: Shooting in Tucson sparks interest in ‘mental health first aid’ courses
Learning how to identify and help people with mental illnesses should be a first aid skill as common as CPR, according to the Washington-based National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: After the Arizona Tragedy, Mental-Health Organizations Seize a Moment
Regardless of the outlook for government support, some mental-health nonprofit groups are using the current interest in behavioral issues to educate the public and reach mentally ill people who are not getting adequate care. Ms. Rosenberg says her organization, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, is stepping up a campaign designed to teach ordinary people how to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness in others.

Huffington Post: The Shooter Was Not Well
… perhaps if Mental Health First Aid ever becomes as popular as First Aid or CPR, more people may be able to be proactive, intervene early, and get help for someone who is “not well” and who often does not seek help for themselves.

Huffington Post: Mental Health Class
At my college in suburban Baltimore, we are beefing up the number of people on campus capable of spotting someone who may need mental health services. Having people on campus trained in Mental Health First Aid is proving to play an increasingly larger role in helping to manage anxiety about mental health issues. Coming to the aid of someone who may be going through an emotional crisis on campus can be everyone’s responsibility.