Changing Perceptions with Mental Health First Aid

DePaul, July 18th, 2018

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Just as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and reviews appropriate support. The eight-hour course, which has been offered at DePaul since August 2016, uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.